From my e-mail to SPS Communications:
- is this waiver approved?
The waiver request has been submitted and is being routed to relevant central office leaders for approval.
- if so, did it need Board approval or only the Superintendent's?
The waiver language is included in Superintendent Procedure 2190SP signed by Dr. Nyland on 8/24/16.
- also, if Garfield did not need a waiver for its Honors for All, why did TM?
The Highly Capable Cohort service model is available in grades 1-8. The waiver language specifically covers HCC elementary sites in social studies only.
Here's what was said at the last Executive Committee meeting on August 17th.
Staff and Directors discussed the process for developing Superintendent Procedures (SP) in relationship to Board Policies. Director Harris vocalized her significant and serious concerns with a SP that does not align with the current Advance Learning and Highly Capable Policy. She further noted that she would like General Counsel to weigh in on this topic and would like to carefully examine the how the District will allow schools to apply for waivers in a standardized fashion. She further noted that if the District allows for one school to issue waivers than it needs to allow for all of them to. Director Patu noted that there has been an ongoing issue and that the District needs to notify parents and families that are served with a clear process. Director Burke noted that these issues may need to be further examined in the upcoming work session and would like to come up with a vision that can be tested against our schools’ unique needs. He noted the need to draw a line between site-based management and accountability. Dr. Nyland noted that he will try to get both Thurgood Marshall and Garfield to present on their waiver process for their schools.
Director Harris moved to approve the August 24th legislative session agenda as amended. Director Burke seconded. This motion passed unanimously.Thank you to Directors Harris, Patu and Burke for asking these hard questions. And did you see that last line in the paragraph? Dr. Nyland directly contradicts what Communications just told me on the need for Garfield to get a waiver.
Honestly, I just wish the district would put HCC in their own building. Oh wait, they did at Cascadia and now, apparently in the old Thornton Creek building. I suspect the HCC program at Thurgood Marshall will be gone in a few years.
I just have to wonder when the district will ever learn that co-housing doesn't work. And, that if you are not clear about what you are doing and why, you are unlikely to get near complete buy-in from parents.