The Center School's Model United Nations team just won the prize for Best Large Delegation and nine Center School students won awards. There were 720 students at the conference from schools all over the Northwest, including lots of private schools, a number of which have MUN as a daily class. At Center, MUN is a student run group (with an amazing advisor teacher, Mr Bell) and is currently funded by parents.I'm putting up this notice from SPS but I would tell you not to bother. The district is seeking members for the SPS Nutrition Services Policies Task Force. I say don't bother because the district has ignored a very good report (that they paid for) put out earlier this year on the state of Nutrition Services in SPS and what could be done to make it better and continue successes in it. Why have a taskforce when that work is already done? As well, neither the Board nor the district ever act on taskforce recommendations so again, why bother?
I didn't think I would ever find something to agree with current Secretary of Education, John King, about but I was wrong. From the Washington Post:
The Obama administration Tuesday called for an end to corporal punishment in states and school districts that continue to allow the practice.The Olympian had a droll editorial on getting McCleary done, Tie Game: McCleary and The Wimps:
In a letter to governors and state school leaders, U.S. Education Secretary John B. King, Jr., called corporal punishment “harmful, ineffective, and often disproportionately applied to students of color and students with disabilities.”
While corporal punishment is banned in 28 states and the District of Columbia, there are 15 states that permit the practice and seven more that do not expressly prohibit it.
If the Washington Legislature had a sports team, its mascot could fittingly be named The Wimps.
What the consultant found was that an average of $14,651 was provided locally per full-time school staffer as a subsidy of what the state pays.1-2-3-4, now it's time for schools to score! (says the ex-cheerleader).
But the consultant didn’t resolve what share of that is really the state’s responsibility and what share of supplemental pay is a local responsibility, say, for coaching.
The legislative task force is working on that. A question for our ever-creative lawmakers is whether it is a state obligation to pay for professional development of teachers, for time spent on typical daily duties outside the classroom schedule such as grading papers, or even for weekend and summer work.
If this were football, we might want to see the House and Senate galleries packed next January with people chanting, “Go Wimps, Go!”
But we fear we’d have to wait for the goal-line fumble to produce victory. That may be the only way this team ever scores.
The Olympian also points out in this article that many legislators will be new to the Legislature and may need time to get up to speed. Sigh.
What's on your mind?