Friday, June 23, 2017

Friday Open Thread

Two director community meetings tomorrow:

Director Blanford - Douglass-Truth Library from 10 am to noon
Director Patu - Raconteur from 10 am to 11:30 am

The Seattle Youth Commission is looking for new members.
The Seattle Youth Commission is a group of 15 Seattle teens from all over the city who are appointed by the Mayor and City Council to connect youth to local elected officials, advise on City policies, and discuss issues that youth in Seattle are facing. There is a Youth Commissioner representing each of the seven City Council Districts, as well as eight at-large commissioners. 

Youth Commissioners must be between the ages of 13 - 19.
Applications must be received by July 17, 2017 at 5pm.
Betsy DeVos Watch:

New York Times opinion writer Gail Collins had a quiz - Who's the Worst Cabinet Member and guess who won?  Yup, DeVos.
“It’s hard to be worse than Sessions or Pruitt. But DeVos deals with … children,” wrote a Michigan reader.

DeVos really hates public schools — something you don’t find often in a secretary of education. Her goal seems to be replacing them with charter schools, none of which will need much oversight because, you know, the choice thing.

Many readers noted that our secretary of education does not seem to be … all that bright. (“DeVos is a solid choice based on irony alone.”)
Amazing that anyone could beat Jeff Sessions (Attorney General) or Scott Pruitt (EPA) but DeVos pulled it off. 

Oh, and in case you have some ideas for the Department of Ed, they're looking for them. 
The Department of Education (Department) is seeking input on regulations that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification.
One of their guidelines for elimination of regulations - impose costs that exceed benefits - might be a tough one to measure but I'm sure many will try.

What's on your mind?

State Budget Update: Nothing Happening Here (with Dire Consequences Coming)

These tweets say it all:

17h17 hours ago
McCleary Crime Scene Retweeted Crosscut
Great & their enabler get to hold the 4th of July hostage, as the political brinkmanship over continues.

If the can't pass a budget by June 30, the state's 125 parks will be closed for Fourth of July.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Stevens Elementary Trying to Fight Cuts

From Stevens parents worried about their school.  Understand that if the Board does not act on policies that are broken/bent/ignored, then YOUR school community could be next.  

I can see what the district is doing - clearly, if they got Madrona's enrollment up near building capacity, they are trying to fill schools.  But it is just wrong to then leave other schools twisting in the wind.  (I think staff believes that more people will eventually move near Stevens and it, too, will fill back up but meanwhile they are ridiculously below their capacity.  And, I think the district is triaging schools by student population.  Again, that might be okay except that the policy doesn't state that.) 

We've been asking the District to move the Stevens waitlist to no avail.  The big picture includes:
  • Stevens is being targeted for reduction while all the other schools in our area are growing or maintaining their enrollment.  (Comparing building capacity and 2020 projections, Lowell is expected to be at 125% of building capacity while Madrona is at 96% of building capacity and Stevens is at 57% of building capacity.)
  • Stevens had 16 classroom teachers 2 years ago (in 2014-15).  Next year it is slated to have 11.  Three years from now (in the fall of 2020) it is expected to have 8 (and that number may be optimistic).  Cutting a school's enrollment and teaching staff in half over six years is a recipe for disaster and the district needs to ACT NOW and MOVE THE STEVENS WAITLIST in order to slow this train wreck.
The Superintendent told our PTA in email that the District is artificially limiting choice assignments to Stevens in order to increase enrollment at surrounding schools.  That violation of Board policy makes zero sense in light of the enrollment projections above.

From PTA letter:

Where Should New Schools Be Built?

A group of parents are forming a grass-roots campaign to have the Fort Lawton re-development project in Magnolia become a new STEAM (science and environment, technology, engineering, arts, math) middle school or a magnet STEAM high school instead of building homes for the homeless. This new plan would serve the entire city with an attendance area drawing from students in the Magnolia/Queen Anne cluster. 

The property already has all the modern updated classroom-ready facilities, gym, cafeteria, conference rooms, vault, huge parking areas and multiple outbuildings for specialty education. Education staff conference lounge, counseling areas, library and other functions of a fully operational school are all in place. Five separate parking lots provide ample room for staff and student parking.
The buildings can be transferred to the school district at no cost. The city’s scoping period for this re-development project ends at 5:00 PM on June 26th so the timing is imminent.

Please submit public comment asking for a school to be added as an alternative development plan for Fort Lawton and that it be added to the Environmental Impact Statement.

Please sign and share the change.org petition, write to your city council member, Seattle Public School officials and Board Members and indicate that a school option should be added to the Environmental Impact Statement-- see emails below! 

Action Items:
• Please sign this petition
https://www.change.org/p/seattle-city-council-include-envir…
• Please email the office of housing, city council members, and school board members

To learn more about the scope of the redevelopment plan and ideas, please follow these links:
http://web6.seattle.gov/DPD/LUIB/Notice.aspx…
http://www.seattle.gov/housing/ft-lawton
There seems to be some confusion over whether the site could be used for housing the homeless but I think the overall point is why use BEX V dollars for a new downtown high school if there are more important uses for those funds.

I'm not seeing a real vision from Capital Facilities about school locations and it's worrisome. 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Supporting SPS Families in Need

In a remarkably short amount of time, SPS families from several different NE schools, via Soup for Teacher's heroic, Liza Rankin, have organized family gift bags for every family that lives at the Sand Point Housing campus of Solid Ground, Brettler Family Place.  That is where Charleena Lyles, a pregnant mother of four,  was gunned down on Sunday by SPD officers responding to her call about a burglary. 

There is a GoFundme page for Ms Lyles' family.  The page has raised over $80,000 so far.

Here's one message at the Soup for Teachers Facebook page:

Thanks for taking this on, Liza Rankin, and for all of the volunteers and those who have contributed. We thank you with all of our hearts! -Karen Stukovsky, SPE PTA co-President

I just want to gently point out the irony of this huge effort by people from several different NE schools in contrast to the image put forth by the recent KUOW story on several NE schools.  

No group is monolithic and casting doubt - on any one group of people, whether by race or region - is really not fair and, of course, very likely to be untrue.

We need to rise up to believe in each other and lift all boats.  Just as this remarkable group of people is doing.


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Wednesday Open Thread

I've interviewed 7 of the top 8 mayoral candidates.  Who is up and who is down seems to vary.  I just heard on KUOW that a survey puts former mayor Mike McGinn at the top, following by Jenny Durkan and Bob Hasegawa.  At last night's 43rd Dems endorsement meeting, Jessyn Farrell came out on top (by a wide margin) and Jenny Durkan is tops in fund-raising.

I'll be publishing their answers and my thoughts on the race from the perspective of public education but I thought I'd throw out a couple of questions to survey my readership.

Who is the mayoral candidate that I didn't interview?

Which candidates do you think are the most likely to lean towards more mayoral control of SPS?

From, what you know on your own, which candidates do you think would be the best for public education in Seattle?

The Legislature is rapidly moving towards a third session. If a budget is not done by June 30th, the state will likely go into a partial shutdown.  That may mean things like your reservation at a state park gets canceled as parks will be the easiest state areas to shut down.   Meanwhile it's projected the state will be bringing in many more hundreds of millions as the economy booms and unemployment has dropped to a record low of 4.5%. 

From SPS Twitter:

Congratulations to Teacher of the Year Award Winner Kirsten Jewett from View Ridge Elementary, nominated by her student Quinn!

What's on your mind?

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

SPD Shooting of Mother Sparks Loss for SPS Communities

I was away this weekend and so am just coming to learning about the terrible shooting of a black pregnant mother of three, Charleena Lyles, at transitional housing for people coming out of homelessness.  Her children - two in Seattle schools - may have been present at the shooting.

I heard the audio tape of the incident and it's hard to grasp how quickly the police apparently felt threatened by what is to be a small woman with mental health issues.  And especially since the police knew she had mental health issues.  I'm sure I am not alone in believing that had Ms Lyles been white, she would be alive today.

SEA will have a rally at 5 pm followed by a press conference/vigil tonight at 6 pm at Brettler (the re-settlement site at Magnuson).  Teachers are being encouraged to wear their Black Lives Matter t-shirts today.

But to the point of affecting Seattle Schools communities comes this from Director Geary via Facebook:

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Thought-Provoking Article on KUOW on "White Liberal Racism" in SPS

 I don't have time to write a full thread on this article but it certainly seems written to be incendiary (including that headline which seems to me, a non-journalist, not the most objective headline they could have used).

Some of Blanford's and Geary's comments also seem a little-less-than-nuanced.

Is this just Laurelhurt or symtomatic of the district?  Are parents not entitled to opinions about what happens at school (particularly if there was no advance notification on an event and support for what to tell your child)?

Another one of those things that make you go, hmmm - a lot to unpack here.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Friday Open Thread

City  Council Member Tim Burgess is taking a (non-scientific) survey about your thoughts on an income tax for wealthy Seattle families.  I put this up because, in the end, if passed, that tax may play a part in funding for the district.

FYI if you have a child in Special Education:




As previously mentioned, I will post all available opportunities to hear/meet the candidates for Seattle School Board.  This came from Alec Cooper, candidate for District V.  He will be at Broadcast Coffee, 1918 E Yesler, on Saturday from 10 am-noon.

There are no director community meetings this Saturday because of all the graduations they are attending.

What's on your mind?

Thursday, June 15, 2017

2017-2018 Bell Times

From SPS Communications:

SEATTLE – Seattle Public Schools today expressed their appreciation for $2.3 million in one-time funding that allows the district to implement a two-tier school schedule for the 2017-18 school year:

“The City Council voted yesterday to approve one-time funds to move us to this new two-tier bus schedule. We are grateful to Mayor Murray for bringing this issue forward  as a city priority and the City Council for finding a thoughtful funding solution. Changing to a two-tier bell schedule will eliminate the latest or third tier of school start and end times, which has been a hardship on many of our families. 

We also want to thank and recognize the many families who shared their perspectives and concerns about the bell time schedule with us. The final schedule reflects the varied needs and perspectives of our families, students, staff and partners.”

The final bell schedule for Seattle Public Schools is posted online here. The 2017-18 school calendar is also posted online.

End of communication

I'm a bit baffled.  There are about 8 elementaries that will start at 8:55 am rather than 7:55 am.  I get Loyal Heights because they are at John Marshall interim but I'm not clear on the rest.

Most of the K-8s will start at 8:55 except Broadview-Thomson and South Shore. 

All the middle schools will start at 8:55 except for Denny (presumably because they are next to Sealth and have to start at a different time).

The high schools start at either 8:45 or 8:55 am (presumably depending on access to an athletic field).

Congrats to all the Grads of 2017!

Such a happy and exciting time for our seniors and their families. 

I see six (!) graduations for Monday, four for Tuesday and Wednesday and two for Thursday.

Best wishes for a wonderful time (and dry weather). 

One missive from the Superintendent about post-graduation opportunities:
South Seattle College is helping us prepare young people as they transition to college or career. Their 13th Year Promise Scholarship is helping more Seattle Public Schools students pursue the dream of higher education. The scholarship offers recipients from three high schools one year tuition, an innovative student orientation, and robust ongoing support. The expansion of the scholarship program to West Seattle High School next year is helping prepare even more young people for career, college, and life. 

Read more about our partnership with South Seattle College.

Seattle School Board Elections 2017 - District V

Editor's Note: please see this thread for my process for vetting candidates.

District V

The candidates who filed for this position are/were:
  • Omar Vasquez
  • Andre Helmstetter
  • Candace Vaivadas
  • Zachary Pullin DeWolf
  • Alec Cooper
  • Michelle Sarju Withdrawn
For District V, I recommend (in no particular order) Andre Helmstetter and Alec Cooper.  I do think Zachary DeWolf has an excellent background in public service but probably doesn't know the district well enough.  Cooper and Helmstetter do.  Again, my concern is the learning curve it takes to be a director. 

I confess I find it hard to pick as all three each have different strengths.  I look forward to hearing them speak at forums between now and the primary. 

Cooper is a straight-ahead, blunt candidate who wants to get things done.  Personally, I find that very appealing.  He would an analytical skill set to the Board.  He is an SPS parent.

Helmstetter has an inviting demeanor and warmth and is a good listener.  His skill set includes being a trained facilitator as well as his job working with groups/companies to sharpen/clean-up their operations and policies.  He is an SPS parent.

Zachary DeWolf is the most soft-spoken but with a drive to serve and help better communities as he has done for  years.  His work at the Seattle Housing Authority means that he knows issues around housing problems for low-income families.  This is knowledge and understanding that would be worthwhile to bring to the Board. 


Helmstetter, DeWolf, Cooper and Vasquez have filed with the PDC; only DeWolf has contributions.  

I interviewed all the candidates in person for this race except Vaivadas, who I do not believe is qualified for the position based on her 36th Dems interview, and Vasquez, who despite claiming he did want to interview with me, has suddenly gone silent and not answered queries.  More on him below but upfront I will say he is the last person I would want to see come out of the primary.

Seattle School Board Elections 2017: District VII

Please note this thread where I outline my guidelines for the interviews.

District VII
Currently Director Betty Patu represents this region.  She is running to retain her seat and has two challengers.

- Tony Hemphill.  He is a chiropractor who also has an MBA and graduated from Garfield in 1991.
  
- Chelsea Byers.  From her work bio:
She spent several years as a Teach For America math teacher in Oakland, CA. After that, she went to England to earn a masters in quantitative analysis from the London School of Economics, where she also helped to train teachers and develop curriculum for a flagship outreach program at University College London. She then followed this line of work to Hong Kong and Italy. Now at General Assembly, Chelsea manages training and development for instructors and leads a team of instructional coaches.

She currently works for a local company, Galvanize, which provides tech training services.


Only Patu and Byers are registered at the PDC; neither has any contributions to date.  I only interviewed Patu and Byers.  I did have a phone interview set up with Hemphill but he was not available and did not contact me back as to why he was not available.

This is the Board race with the fewest candidates and so I believe it is Patu and Byers who are the favorites to move forward out of the primary (unless Hemphill decides to have more of a presence in the race and soon).

I am endorsing Betty Patu to keep her seat in District VII.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Seattle Schools News

Today the City Council voted 6-0 for funding the buses for the two-tier transportation system for SPS.  I don't know who was absent/didn't vote.

Nothing from the district yet at either the website or on Twitter.

From Washington's Paramount Duty (this is for Thursday, the 15th):

Image may contain: 18 people, people smiling, people standing and outdoorGovernor Inslee will be at Garfield High School in Seattle tomorrow at 2:30 PM for education funding townhall. Come as soon as you can after school! 

Here's the Garfield football team fighting for amply funded public schools on MLK, Jr. Day at the Capitol.

On McCleary:
Inslee convened the leaders of all four legislative caucuses this morning and ruled out a 30-day “stop-gap budget” in the face of the “glacial” pace of budget negotiations.

The second 30-day special session ends June 21.

Betsy DeVos is a Menace

Update: from KCTS' Facebook reply to my query:
"We can confirm that we will not be airing "School, Inc." on KCTS 9, while other PBS member stations may choose to air the film. We greatly appreciate your input, and thank you always for getting in touch."
end of update

First up to be aware of is this:
If you go to the website of the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank in Washington that believes in privatizing the public education system, you will learn about a three-part documentary called “School Inc.,” which is narrated by the late director of the organization’s Center for Educational Freedom. The documentary has been called the magnum opus of Andrew Coulson, who was a researcher and author who promoted the idea that free markets and the profit motive would improve education in the United States. 

It is no surprise, then, that School Inc. — whose primary funders have the same educational beliefs as Coulson — would extol the virtues of privatized education and attack public education. What is surprising to some public education activists, however, is that the documentary is being shown on publicly funded PBS stations.

Uninformed viewers who see this very slickly produced program will learn about the glories of unregulated schooling, for-profit schools, teachers selling their lessons to students on the Internet.

What they will not see or hear is the other side of the story.
Don't know if KCTS is showing this - I don't see it on their schedule - but I sure hope not.

Probably the biggest news lately is DeVos' appearance before and what she said...and didn't say.
Last week, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos faced questions from the Senate Appropriations subcommittee regarding the Trump administration's education budget. It was not an easy day for her, as senators from both parties took issue with some of the suggested cuts. Republican Chairman Roy Blunt, R-Miss., bluntly called it "a difficult budget request to defend."
Perhaps the most controversial proposal in the budget was the $250 million increase in Department of Education funding to support private school choice.
But, with no specifics about how the department would run the program, lawmakers focused on whether the secretary would require participating private schools to prevent discrimination against LGBTQ students or follow the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the primary federal education law governing students with disabilities.
DeVos was not particularly forthcoming, repeatedly responding to both lines of questioning by saying, "Schools that receive federal funds must follow federal law." Attempts to get her to elaborate on what that would require were unsuccessful.
She made that statement fourteen times in answer to questions with no explanation.   What would it mean in practice:

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

McCleary Updates - Where Are We?

From Washington's Paramount Duty:
Washington's Paramount Duty would like to congratulate Carter McCleary on his recent graduation from high school. McCleary was in *second grade* when his family filed the lawsuit that now bears their names, and led to the Supreme Court ruling requiring the state to fully and amply fund public education. 

Think about that. 2nd grade to high school graduation. And remember that the next time you hear a legislator make excuses for failing to comply with a court order to fund our public schools. Because this isn't about a court - it's about kids like Carter McCleary.
An interesting article, Why a $67 million fine isn't motivating the Legislature to act,

Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/politics-government/article155432304.html#storylink=cpy
from The News Tribune:

Tuesday Open Thread

A new study on obesity finds that one-third of the world's population is obese, with the U.S. leading the way. The saddest number?
The United States has the greatest percentage of obese children and young adults, at 13%.
The district released a statement today about the investigation into players "imported" to play on Garfield's football team. The district itself did not release a statement or the report but the Times says:

Monday, June 12, 2017

On "Red-shirting" Kindergarteners

Several readers had some thoughts on this practice of holding back a child to enter kindergarten much later than at age five.

I came across a couple of good articles on this topic I wanted to pass along.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Tomorrow's City Council Vote on Two-Tier Transportation

Final Update (for today):  The City Council voted, 5-3, to hold on the vote for funding two-tiers from the Families and Education levy.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Seattle School Board Elections 2017 - District IV

Editor's Note: in writing up my thoughts, opinions and reflections on candidates for the Seattle School Board, I used interviews (my own and the 36th Dems recorded interviews), Google, Facebook and Twitter searches.

Friday, June 09, 2017

Attention: School Board Candidates

I see that some candidates are planning meet-and-greet events around the city to meet parents and community.  I applaud this because there are so few school board candidate forums usually and it's a fine way to get out there and answer questions.

If you are a candidate having such an event, please send it to me at sss.westbrook@gmail.com and I will throw it up on this thread or on Open Thread days.

Friday Open Thread

Good news for summer transportation for kids via KUOW:

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Why Does the District Let Good Schools Go Bad?

As a case study, Laurelhurst Elementary is a good one.

Heading to a Government Shut-Down Without Getting McCleary Done

From a good article at Crosscut:

Gov. Jay Inslee’s administration has again started to study shutdown procedures.

When he began the current 30-day special session last month — the second of the year — Inslee was loath to even talk about calling a third special session if the budget agreement is not made by June 22, the end of the second special session.


“There is no excuse not to get it done in the next 30 days,” Inslee said.

Sure, there are.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Two Tiers or Three? The City Council Will Decide

Update 2:  Tonight the School Board voted 6-1 to accept both city grants if adopted by the City Council next week.  (Blanford was the sole no vote).

One grant is for crossing guard costs and the other grant is to pay for the two-tier transportation costs for school year 2017-2018.  

It turns out that President Harrell is the other no vote on the City Council, along with CM Burgess. I am also told that CM Gonzalez will not be there so every vote really counts.  Here's how you can give input (from the Soup for Teachers Facebook page):

Tuesday Open Thread

A reminder about the Seattle International Film Festival's showing of the public education documentary, Backpack Full of Cash.  

Monday, June 05, 2017

Capacity Issues and Funding/Building

I had planned to write just one thread about this issue but there are two looming items so each will get its own post.

First up, Lincoln.

Most of you know that one of my special interests is Capital building.  I think the district and the voters of Seattle have made a serious commitment to schools here in funding levies and bonds for new and updated buildings.  (Many districts in our state envy this commitment.)

But the district first had a two-fold problem which has now become more complex with the numbers of new students coming every year.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Garfield Honors For All Update

On May 23, 2017, the Garfield PTSA hosted two Garfield teachers at their regular meeting to talk about the progress of Honors for All.

To note, there were roughly 30 parents in attendance; it seemed like a small turnout but then again, given that parents were not notified about this change until right before school started and Principal Howard did no 9th grade parent orientation, maybe parents just thought it not worth attending.

There were two teachers presenting; Tim Zimmerman, an LA teacher, and Nathan Simoneaux, a History teacher.  They spoke to the concern that "honors" would not be honors-level work.  They handed out a group of papers that contained a test that students took two days prior, one from last year's Honors class and a paper from a student.

They each spoke about their experiences and then took questions from the audience.  Unfortunately, they did their PowerPoint slides in such a way that the audience could not read them so they did from their phones. 

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Exhibitionist at Green Lake

It appears there is a guy who frequents Green Lake - especially during good weather - who is a major exhibitionist, provocateur and "photographer."

He wears a thong with socks and shoes and that's pretty much it.  Not a great sight, frankly, and it's unclear to me if he could get a ticket/be arrested.  (I'm thinking not.)  He has a sign offering, "Free hugs and kisses."

As a provocateur, he sometimes wears a holster with a gun.  Or a knife sheath with a knife.

As a photographer, his subject of choice are women in bathing suits.  Obviously, people who sunbath at Green Lake know they are in a public place.  I'm sure most of them are aware someone could take their photo.  Well, this guy is and he puts them up at his "blog" with comments like "fun" when it's a woman with a thong bikini bottom.

One photo is clearly of two teen girls (fully clothed).  

This, Not That in Seattle Schools (Plus one update)

THIS - As was previous reported by a reader in another thread, Grammy-winning singer John Legend donated funds to wipe out the school lunch debt for parents who had not paid.  Thank you as well to John Lew, a Seattle Schools parent who got the whole thing going.

Friday, June 02, 2017

Friday Open Thread

It's near the end of the school year and a time when awards - both in yearbooks and at events come out.  Unbelievably, there are grown people - in charge of watching over these awards - that seem to have the worst judgment.  There's this one from Texas.
A group of teachers are being disciplined after they thought it would be funny to name a student “most likely to become a terrorist.”

Lizeth Villanueva, 13, said a teacher gave her the award during a mock ceremony in her college prep class at Anthony Aguirre Junior High School in Houston on Tuesday.  Lizeth said the teacher warned students that the awards “might hurt their feelings." She then handed out the certificates as other teachers watched and laughed. But Lizeth didn't think it was funny.
I am reminded of a similar thing that happened to one of my sons in a high school yearbook.  If an award is not funny or complimentary and, most importantly, not something you would want said about you, teachers/advisors should say no.

The Board has a retreat tomorrow at JSCEE from 10 am to 3 pm.  Agenda.  The retreat is open to the public but no comment/testimony is taken.  It is a great way to buttonhole directors either before the meeting starts or on breaks.  Two big topics - Racial Equity Training: Stereotype Threat and Identity Safety and Equity in Highly Capable Programs.

Public Education Story Round-Up

From NPR Ed via Huffington Post, a very good blog post about the push and pull of What Do We Do About Public Education?
Educators of all races, from various ideologies, and committed to very different school policies are also split over fundamental differences as to how we in a democracy work with each other. The unraveling of the corporate reform coalition is due, in large part, because of the ways they treat people who disagree with them.

A National Press Club panel discussion clarified the positions of today’s three dominant schools of education policy. Shavar Jeffries of the Democrats for Education Reform embodies the neoliberal wing of the corporate reform movement. Andrew Smarick, from Bellwhether Education Partners, displays the new face of their former partners, conservative reformers. The panel also included an open and welcoming face of teacher-led school improvement, Lily Eskelsen Garcia, the president of the National Education Association.
My favorite from this debate?

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Parents, Please Talk to Your Student

"I think they wanted to scare him straight," Maureen Walgren told the Tribune in story published earlier this week. "Instead, they scared him to death."

Left by himself, Corey walked out of the school a few minutes later and headed toward a downtown Naperville parking garage. He climbed to the fifth floor and then committed suicide by plummeting 53 feet to the ground.
One of the saddest and most disturbing stories of teen suicide surfaced this week. 

End of the Year Honors for Seattle Schools Students

Tweets from SPS Communications:

2017 All Metro - Lacrosse - Kai Chamberlain, Tate Gilges and Dain Coddington from Ballard High, Nate Koidahl and Nicky Sweedin from Roosevelt, Charlie MacIntire and Sean McGlyn from Hale, Hank Halfaker from Garfield, and Jay Zhu from Franklin.

Boys Soccer - Congrats to Roosevelt's team for winning the state championship!

Girls Track and Field - Congrats to Garfield's team for winning the state championship!

Congrats to the All Achievers who were awarded scholarships from the Breakfast Group - 
There were these listed below plus 14 other students.

Seattle Schools Waitlist Updates

From SPS Communications, waitlist updates.
Although more than 50 percent of the students who participated in the choice process received a placement, many students are still on school waitlists. Typically, staff do not move waitlists that positively or negatively affect staffing at attendance area schools. Due to the $50 million budget shortfall for 2017-18, the district is conducting additional analysis around waitlist moves.
I would call out that "typically, staff do not move waitlists..."  That may be true but that has NEVER been made transparent.  The Board should not let this kind of thing stand.  ALL parts of the Enrollment process should be clear and be explained in totality.
As a result of this additional analysis, waitlists at attendance area schools will not move until district staff review updated spring staffing allocations in mid-June. Waitlist moves at option schools will continue through August 31 based on current school staffing and available seats in classrooms.
Sorry to those who had hoped to hear sooner.

Network For Public Education's Stand on Charter Schools

The Network for Public Education believes that public education is the pillar of our democracy. We believe in the common school envisioned by Horace Mann. A common school is a public institution, which nurtures and teaches all who live within its boundaries, regardless of race, ethnicity, creed, sexual preference or learning ability. All may enroll--regardless of when they seek to enter the school or where they were educated before.
We believe that taxpayers bear the responsibility for funding those schools and that funding should be ample and equitable to address the needs of the served community. We also believe that taxpayers have the right to examine how schools use tax dollars to educate children.