From the "hmmm" file: I have found no stories on Amazon's gift of music instruments to Rainier Beach High School except for this blog and the South Seattle Emerald. Not the Times, nor tv stations. Ditto on the Paul Allen donation to partner with the City and the district for more arts for students. I know SPS put out press releases. Two of the biggest philanthropists in our city give money to help public education and neither gets any notice from mainstream media. Hmmm.
In other news of the district, famed chef Alice Waters will be visiting Montlake Elementary today to talk about "edible education."
As well, two of the imported players, brothers, from the Hale championship basketball season are, unsurprisingly, leaving. Their father has a new basketball job in another state. I'm thinking the new Hale coach might not be far behind.
Who's the most unpopular person in the Trump administration?
According to the poll, which surveyed 1,073 adults between March 3 and March 11 with a margin of error of three percent, virtually all of Trump’s staff and cabinet appointments had a higher percentage that disapproved than approved of their early job performance.Don't know if you heard but there was a father and son who spent time at South Lake Union a week or so back who have measles (they were at a variety of places including Whole Foods). As well, there is an outbreak of mumps at UW frats and sororities.
The lowest approval rating, though, belonged to Betsy DeVos. Only 34.5 percent indicated that they approved of the Michigan billionaire, who required an unprecedented tiebreaking vote from Pence to confirm her as education secretary last month.
Discipline reform at schools has been a huge topic and now one right-leaning think tank says it's "too much, too soon." I haven't read the entire paper attached to this story from NPR but I think it worthy reading if you are interested in this issue.
In the past five years, 27 states have revised their laws with the intention of reducing suspensions and expulsions. And, more than 50 of America's largest school districts have also reformed their discipline policies — changes which collectively affect more than 6.35 million students.What's on your mind?
Eden's read of the available evidence argues that school climate in the city, on the whole, has gotten worse. "Without making the case that we need to start suspending more students," Eden tells NPR Ed, "the point is that, wow, we really haven't looked into this. We don't know what's going on."