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Monday, July 15, 2013

KUOW Interviews with School Board Candidates

KUOW's Ann Dornfeld interviewed all the candidates and got some telling responses. The transcript of each interview is what you will see and not a recorded interview.

I will also encourage those of you whose children enjoyed Glee to read the NPR story about Cory Monteith who was found dead in his hotel room early Saturday.  To anyone who watched Glee, Mr. Monteith was a fresh-faced talent and many thought his high school football star persona on the show was real.

It was not.  He got into drugs when he was 13, dropped out of school at 16.   Didn't get into rehab until he was 19.  It took a long time for him to get where he was when he died.  He had tried rehab again in April of this year.

We don't know the cause of death (except it does not appear to be foul play).  In some ways, I hope it is something like an undetected heart issue and not caused by drug/alcohol use.  If it is from drug use, it's terribly sad.

From the story, what he had to say earlier this year:

If I can, through my experience, shed light on the way out of a difficult situation, that I know many kids are experiencing, just like I did when I was a teenager," he said, "that's that's huge."

Both the Trayvon Martin story and the Cory Monteith story could be on the minds of middle/high school students.  Might be worth a conversation.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I like the specific recommendations Sue Peters gives on math. Improving this curriculum would be a huge improvement, reducing the need for remedial math and tutors.

I am tired of big, top down plans from the administrators at SPS that do not actually make anything better. Parents have asked for better math for years and nothing ever gets done.

Sue Peters would work well with Marty McLaren and Sharon Peaslee. Together they could improve the lives of students at SPS by fixing the math and allowing more students to graduate and find good careers in math and science.

S parent

Anonymous said...

I want to know how Suzanne Estey is going to "Secure and maintain adequate levy and state funding." Is there something a board member can do to increase state funding?

Lynn