The Board Blinks?
One, simply that some of these things in the package are not like the others and the package should be broken out.
Two, clarification on what is in this package. I called the Communications department yesterday to understand if seat time is included and I got a very twisty answer. I want to see, in black and white, what Seattle Public Schools stance is on seat time for high school.
Three, the District should think carefully about something that is so contrary to public opinion. I thought it felt pretty across-the-board but the article names a number of heavy hitters who did not get on-board with these proposals, who let the district know they weren't on-board and who weren't afraid to say it outloud. I wonder if there was some private interaction between some of these folks/groups before they said it publicly.
"It sends the wrong message to every single person I can think of," said Lisa Macfarlane, a longtime Seattle schools advocate and co-founder of the statewide League of Education Voters.
"It's also opposed by Ramona Hattendorf, president of the Seattle Council PTSA and James Kelly, president and chief executive officer of the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle.
"It's certainly a nice way of having more kids graduate but ... it's heading in the wrong direction," Kelly said."Public opinion does matter. I was surprised but happy to see Peter Maier's comment:
"One of the troubling aspects of the proposal is that it doesn't address the real issue, which is what we do with these struggling students who are bumping along at the GPA bottom," board member Peter Maier said.
"Yet in Federal Way — one of just a few nearby school districts that also require at least a C-minus for graduation and to participate in sports — the change hasn't led to big problems. Superintendent Tom Murphy said he was skeptical at first and still worries that change might cause grade inflation. But overall, he says, it seems to have a positive impact, especially for athletes.
"It has shown kids that they can meet higher standards when they really want to and when they have to."