Friday, April 06, 2018

Friday Open Thread

Summer job info:

Student Assistant Program at Seattle Public Library
The Student Assistant Program is accepting applications through 5:00 p.m. Monday, April 30, 2018. You can access the online application here.

This program provides an opportunity for students to gain valuable work experience and mentorship at the Library. Applicants are asked to submit a Student Assistant Employment Application, a cover letter, proof of school enrollment and a reference from a educator/employer (form included in the application). So please have these materials available when you go to apply. The Eligibility Requirements for Students include (1.) students are at least 16 years old, (2.) students must be enrolled in high school, college, vocational/technical school, or a G.E.D. program. (Students who have completed a Bachelor's degree program are not eligible.), and (3.) students must be enrolled at least half-time (at least five credits for college students), three out of four quarters of the school year.

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Teachers in Oklahoma and Kentucky are on strike. From Business Insider (they have a list of teachers' salaries in each state - Washington comes in right at 25th):

Teachers in Oklahoma — where 20% of school districts have four-day school weeks due to budget restrictions — went on strike April 2 after a new budget was passed. Teachers haven't gotten a raise there since 2008, while class sizes are larger than the legally allowed maximum of 20 students per room. 

In Kentucky, teachers are protesting too — fighting budget cuts and a plan to make teacher retirement pensions more like 401(k) accounts, according to The New York Times. In Arizona, teachers are asking for a 20% salary increase and are preparing for public protests.  

Education funding for schools and students varies widely from state to state. In Utah, $6,575 is spent on each student, while in New York spends $21,000 per pupil. The relationship between spending more money on education and higher academic achievement has been supported and opposed, with no clear answer available. 

I'll just note here that while mega-ed reformers like the Koch brothers and ALEC support charter schools, do they really care about public education? No, what they really care about is breaking the teachers unions which are the largest in the country.  That the Oklahoma Teamsters support all unions is wonderful because all unions have to stand together because if you get rid of the teachers union, who's next?  It's all part of privatizing public education. 

A great article from NY Magazine,  The Teachers’ Strikes Have Exposed the GOP’s Achilles Heel,
that examines the really big picture of all these strikes:
This is the lesson that the striking educators are teaching us. When a well-organized movement — with genuine roots in “conservative” communities (and no plausible ties to George Soros or Nancy Pelosi) forces the GOP’s fiscal agenda to the center of public debate, the political terrain shifts — and conservatives struggle to stand their ground. Suddenly, Oklahoma Republicans can vote to take money from oil companies and give it to teachers; and those teachers can meet their offer with protests instead of gratitude.
 Community meeting with Director Harris on Saturday at the High Point Library from 3-5 pm.

What's on your mind?

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hearing good things about Summit, like half the junior class is failing cause it’s so hard!

Also, they have four two week sel-study sessions to learn what the kid wants, like dancing.

Anybody else hear anything?

Jo

Melissa Westbrook said...

I’ve heard they have had attrition.

Anonymous said...

According to Seattle Times, Washington State will require high schools to offer a semester long civics class beginning 2020-21. See HB 1896:

http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2017-18/Pdf/Bills/House%20Passed%20Legislature/1896-S2.PL.pdf

Beginning with or before the 2020-21 school year, each school district that operates a high school must provide a mandatory one-half credit stand-alone course in civics for each high school student. Except as provided by (c) of this subsection, civics content and instruction embedded in other social studies courses do not satisfy the requirements of this subsection.

The exception is that content "may be embedded in social studies courses that offer students the opportunity to earn both high school and postsecondary credit."

an fyi

Anonymous said...

@ Jo, I'm curious as to how "half the junior class is failing cause it’s so hard" is translated to mean that you're "hearing good things about Summit"?

If half the class is failing, it sounds like teachers aren't doing a good job with them. Or the school did a poor job with admissions. Or the curricula are bad. Or maybe they spend too much time on self-study or working on personal interests instead of academics. Or...lots of things.

Failing your junior year is not typically a good thing, nor is a low overall graduation rate.

HF