We don't need to have an expanded discussion here on these various issues but here's what I'll be writing about by the end of the year:
- effects of the Trump administration on public education. (My advice on all this is to 1) Stay Calm and join the resistance; here's a link to some ideas and 2) believe in this country even if you don't believe in the people who will now run it. Lastly, this will be a fight - not some polite phone calls or e-mails.
- the continuing mismanagement of this district and the apparent acquiescence of the Board. As in years past, I continue to not understand either thing continuing on but I'm about done with both.
- the levy cliff. Spoke to the Governor, spoke to Frank Chopp and folks, get a parachute because anything that does get done to prevent it, will likely come too late. I don't know if those elected officials are clueless about how school districts plan their budgets but no, this can't wait until the last minute.
And you know what else? There are a lot of legislators who are more than happy to see Seattle suffer (even it if is really children who will be the most hurt.)
But when you have a district whose management has been suspect for years, then it's time for some people down at JSCEE to go take a look in the mirror.
I will continue to advocate for something to get done sooner rather than later but I'm not holding out much hope.
- Advanced Learning. There were two interesting pieces written - one at the Soup for Teachers Facebook page by an HCC parent and one at Seattle Globalist that needs to be challenged. There is WAY too much emphasis on this one program as the reason for all segregation and racial problems in this district.
It's a red herring, a deflection by the district and a MacGuffin all rolled into one to be used for gaslighting parents and the public.