I think we can all agree that the homeless crisis in Seattle is a major issue. But I am shocked the City would choose a location in an area that is already problematic AND has so many school children nearby. As I previously reported, RESMS planning principal Marni Campbell announced at a community meeting this week that the City is giving the district $1M grant to improve safety in that area. Well, this would appear to be one reason why that happened.
The district tweeted out a story from Mind/Shift from KQED about West Seattle High School and a program to reach students who may learn in different ways.
“How do we make the system fit the child instead of trying to make the kid fit the system?” she asked. Teachers at her school are exploring this question in a variety of ways, including through a pilot advisory-type program that began with a cohort of 25 tenth graders.As I tweeted back to the district, this is great but how come they didn't announce this themselves?
Hey DFER (Democrats for Education Reform) WA is looking for a new director. Just to note, DFER has endorsed the nomination of Betsy DeVos for Education secretary in the Trump administration while simultaneously criticizing Trump. It does not mention DeVos love of vouchers but supports her love of charter schools. From Diane Ravitch:
The reformers are in a pickle. They can’t claim fealty to Trump, because they pretend to be Democrats. But Trump has embraced the reformer agenda, lock, stock and barrel. This statement is one way of handling their dilemma: embrace DeVos–a figure who finances the far-right and wants completely unregulated, unaccountable choice, and simultaneously chide Trump for his hateful rhetoric. Pretend to be Democrats while saluting her.Not so coincidentally, DeVos gave money to DFER. From ed blogger, Mercedes Schneider:
Well, because DFER already has a relationship with both a DeVos’ nonprofit as well as a DeVos-chaired nonprofit– a financial relationship.There is a meeting tomorrow about Robert Eagle Staff Middle School at Northgate Elementary from 11 am to 12:30 pm.
Need to do some holiday shopping? The Stranger has a great list of fairs/shops to buy locally made gifts.
There are no director community meetings tomorrow as the Board has a retreat at JSCEE from 10 am-3 pm. The agenda reflects discussion around the following:
- the 2017-2018bbudget (recap of discussion and/or decisions - if any- to date), compilation of recommendations from stakeholders and staff, discussion of additional/new information, recommendations and consensus for pessimistic and optimistic budget scenarios
- eliminating opportunity gaps
- discussion of work of Community Engagement Task Force
- assignment of Board Committee assignment preferences (the Board will be voting in new officers soon)
Based on the worrisome budget next year, I think I may be buying this holiday gift for the Board and Superintendent.
What's on your mind?