New information available on WSS

New, detailed information is now available on the Weighted Staffing Standards. That information appears in a new FAQs document.

The WSS appears to replace the old foundation allocation of the Weighted Student Formula. It provides equitable funding for non-classroom "core" staff, including principals, assistant principals, secretaries, nurses, librarians, counselors, registrars, and the like. Funding for teachers doesn't appear to be addressed. Most of the additional funding for schools (Title I, LAP, bilingual, Special Ed, and FRL) remains pretty much as it was, although some of it has been untangled a bit.

Here is a link to the Powerpoint presentation that will be shown at the upcoming community meetings.

The meetings will be at these times and locations:

Monday, October 1, 2007 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Hamilton International Middle School
1610 N. 41st St.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
First AME Church
1522 14th Ave.

Thursday, October 4, 2007 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Madison Middle School
3429 45th Ave. SW


After a brief read-thru of the FAQs, I see a couple of interesting things. One, it classifies all K-8s as alternatives. That may just be because they couldn't fit "alternative/non-traditional" which is the moniker they normally use.

Two, if I were a high school anywhere near 1500, I'd pop myself over by a couple of students. You get an extra administrator past 1500 and if you are already close you might as well get something out of it. I find the designation between 800-1499 a huge difference. I think it might be more fair to say 1300 and up for the third column, not 1500+.

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