It appears that the Legislature will not be getting their job done of creating a budget that includes fully funding public education. I'll assume the Supreme Court will sit back and just watch it unfold with the rest of us. I wish they would actually do something but now all we can do is wait. I don't think any amount of lobbying or advocating is going to make a whit of difference at this point.
Tom Ahearne, lead counsel for the McClearys, told the Seattle Times that he doesn't have a lot of confidence this will get done properly. As Kathryn Selk said at the Facebook page of WPD:
And he has been expressing these same concerns with every single filing, predicting just this exact same thing since 2011-12. And the Legislature's pleadings have said;
1) we'll get it done,
2) we'll get it done next year,
3) really, look, we've passed stuff which will get it done,
4) we plan to get it done but need yet another study,
5) 2015 we'll REALLY get it done,
6) can't do it in 2016 because the timing isn't right as it isn't an appropriations bill . . .so Mr. Ahearne's predictions are proving prophetic.In the wake of the news from New Mexico on their "shaming" on school lunch payments, comes this regulation from the USDA:
Every day across the U.S., kids go to school without a way to pay for lunch. And in some cases, that leads to something called lunch shaming. That's when schools single out students who can't pay, like making them do chores or wear a wristband.You probably heard about the underwhelming Easter Egg roll at the White House this week. Not only was it thrown together at the last minute but apparently the White House did not invite area D.C. public school children. Monday's photos of the event showed #WhiteHouseSoWhite. Trump can't even support public education students for one day.
With policies to handle unpaid meals all over the map, the USDA, which administers the federal school meal program, will soon require that all school districts have a policy on what to do when kids can't pay — a growing problem. By July 1, those policies must be in writing and communicated to staff, parents and the community.
There are more candidates filing for the office of mayor of Seattle. Former Mayor Mike McGinn has now filed as has activist Cary Moon. One thing I can say is that those two candidates as well as activist/attorney Nikkita Oliver are unlikely to want to take over Seattle Schools as much as Mayor Murray might.
Are you going to the March for Science tomorrow? I am and I have learned that Governor Inslee will also be marching. Speaking of science, apparently there are were some scientists with time on their hands who tested how far different types of tires will fly off a ski jump. Show the kids. (The white gloves are a nice touch.)
Here's a good saying for a sign:
What do we want? Evidence-based science!
When do we want it? After Peer Review!
What's on your mind?