The Board is going to have a nearly three-hour Work Session on Wednesday all for the Superintendent's evaluation. I get that the Superintendent's performance IS a big report card for the district but it hard to understand - with all that needs to be examined and done in this district - that it takes this amount of time. He didn't get a contract extension again and I doubt that even if he does get a good review that you would see that change.
I learned that the union that represents classified staff, IUOE Local 609, has decided to not be part of the district's Classified Employee Week which runs from March 13-17th. From an e-mail to Dr. Nyland:
You may recall that there have been several findings via district investigations mostly against principals (see Emerson Elementary) who mistreated classified staff. It seems a sad thing that the district has done so poorly in labor relations to the point that the unionI’m afraid we will have to take a pass this year. Our membership has been under a tremendous amount of pressure and abuse all year long and have been unable to find relief from your administration.The issues are varied but the one constant has been a lack of support from Labor Relations to step up and partner with us to address issues that are recognized by both sides.With this current climate we cannot in good conscience participate in Classified Appreciation Week activities with you.
Interesting poll results from Seattle Metropolitan magazine (and good for them with teasing out data points) called Who We Are.
I'm a bit surprised at that ranking as I thought traffic would be near the top and with a higher percentage.
27. Of the following, what is the number one issue facing Seattle today?
Looking closer: Those under 35 are more likely than those 35 and older to think the cost of living is the city’s most pressing issue (40.1% to 30%).
- Rising cost of living 33.8%
- Homelessness 29.4%
- Rising property taxes 7.3%
- Quality of public schools 7%
- Traffic 6%
- Crime 4.5%
- Police overreach 2.9%
- State government leadership 0.9%
- Illegal immigration 0.6%
- Taxes 0.5%
- All of the above 2.2%
- Prefer not to answer 3.5%
- Other 1.4%
Stanford University made this announcement: Stanford Will Now Be Free To All Students From Families That Earn Less Than $125,000 Per Year. As well,
Students whose families make less than $65,000 also won’t have to pay for room and board, which can run about another $14,100. That is really great news.
For a reality check, we all know that tuition is only one piece of the financial need for attending college but it's sure a big break.
But Stanford isn’t the only place offering free tuition. Princeton offers free tuition to parents who make less than $120,000 and free room and board to those who make under $60,000. Harvard and Yale make tuition free for families who make less than $65,000, while Harvard asks those who make between that level and $150,000 to contribute between 0 and 10 percent of their income.What's on your mind?