“This is a critical issue for our districts and for the 420,000 students we serve,” said John Welch, PSESD superintendent. “The $228 million we could lose beginning in 2018 if the current levy lid is not extended translates into fewer teachers, bigger classrooms, and a lower quality educational experience for the students.Meanwhile, over at the Washington Policy Center, it's all about breaking "a promise" to taxpayers to sunset this legislation. They completely ignore the fact of the outcome of not extending it for a year AND the fact that the legislature has not completed McCleary. That was a huge promise that has not been fulfilled. Basically they are saying, "you districts knew this was coming and you already get a lot of money that you spend incorrectly so too bad."
One issue the district might consider in all this boundary/SAP/school openings discussion - there are new charter schools opening next fall right in Seattle. One is a middle school in the International District (eventually a 6-12.) Another is a 6-12 school in West Seattle. A third high school located in South Seattle is going to continue to expand to a full 9-12. I have no doubt that people will continue enroll in these schools.
Now, of course, it is a bit interesting that, despite the fact that the last law didn't hold up in court and there was a lot of hair-pulling and chest-beating over how hard this was on the kids in those schools, they are going forward. But if the Supreme Court decision brings forth the same result, no one can say they didn't know.
Governor Inslee has declared January 2017 to be School Board Recognition Month. Thank you to all those who step up to serve in this mostly thankless job.
Something fun to let the kids know about; names for full moons like Lunar Wolves and Worms.
Another fun thing that might interest kids; someone is building a database for animal farts. It's all science, you know.
A fun (and funny) video, maybe not to show the kids - might give them ideas, is a North Carolina principal who lets students know school won't be happening because of weather and then proceeds to have a Ferris Bueller day to himself at school.
What's on your mind?