Buy Your Own Start Time
Designated Elementary and K-8 Schools 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM
Middle Schools 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM
Elementary Schools 9:15 AM to 3:25 PM
(With individual exceptions to accommodate shared school bus service)
So does that mean that Lowell and Thurgood Marshall are back on the early start time list? Or are some other unsuspecting elementary schools going to be added?
And which K-8 schools had enough influence with Ruth Medsker to get off the early start time list?
And how about this interesting tidbit:
"Individual schools may request a waiver from these times provided that the requesting school funds any additional transportation cost."
So if your PTSA can raise the funds, you can have a different start time. That is beyond incredible! I realize the budget situation is bad, but we can't start down this path. We need to work to decrease inequities among schools, not increase them. I am completely appalled.
Charlie is right. The Board should not even consider passing this proposal (or any other proposal) without the Best Practices and Research and Data Sources sections being complete.
But the absolute gall of allowing a "pay-to-get-what-you-want" start time proposal is just unbelievable. There are only 3 people scheduled to speak on the bell times proposal, including Sahila. I'm going to see if I can arrange childcare so I can show up and hopefully speak as well.
Of course the proposed changes to food service are equally upsetting, and I'm glad to see that 4 people are signed up to speak on that topic. But I'm still in shock over this proposal.
Seattle School Board members and District staff: The financial situation is not desperate enough to warrant a complete sell-out on equity, best practices and data analysis.