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Friday, August 09, 2013

Friday Open Thread

Primaries done and onto the general election.  I think after we see a couple of debates, it might be a good discussion of what might change/happen depending on who wins. 

Following up on our own discussion about the mission of schools, an interesting read from Ed Week by James Hoffman, Ed.D. , the Superintendent of the Averill Park Central School District (Averill Park, NY).  He ends with "Should schools be the agency of first resort?"

What's on your mind? 

18 comments:

mirmac1 said...

Reposting on this thread, for Teacher:

The district is trying to increase class sizes by two students in grades 4-12.

If you want to email Mr. Banda and the school board about this, use this link.

Teacher

Anonymous said...

Bob Vaughn's job has been reported on the district's HR website - open until 8/13. Guess they won't be starting those task forces for awhile.

Lynn

Jon said...

That is a great Ed Week article. The lack of a social safety net in the US is a real problem for the schools. There is a question of whether the schools should be providing that missing safety net for kids, if it is possible to teach kids who are hungry and sick if they don't, and how schools are supposed to provide these things without much more funding.

mirmac1 said...

Some good news here. Neighbors and families were very contented at the BEX AH presentation this Wednesday. The WS Blog has a thorough (to the gnat's behind) write-up here. : )

New Arbor Heights Elementary preview: ‘Community cornerstone’

Anonymous said...

The ACLU is suing the Ann Arbor Public Schools for charging fees for a 7th period.

Ann Arbor Public Schools Sued Over Charging Tuition

Not that far off from what they are doing here in Seattle charging for full-day kindergarten is it? Although they are only charging $100 per semester and Seattle is charging $3,110 per year.

SPS Full Day Kindergarten | Accounting

GMG

Anonymous said...

mirmac1 - is the childcare classroom in the AH drawings actually space for a Special Ed preschool program?

Lynn

Unknown said...

Seattle Times is hiring a 1 year K-12 education reporter. This looks like a different position from the blogger position and I wonder if it is funded through the Solutions Journalism Network funding (from the BMGF.) Here's the application.

Anonymous said...

This is from Feb. 9 but am just now reading it. It may have already been linked here. It's a great piece.

I wonder if pieces like this will be allowed once Bezos takes over.....

A warning to college profs from a high school teacher

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/02/09/a-warning-to-college-profs-from-a-high-school-teacher/

mirmac1 said...

I don't believe so Lynn. Every time they referred to that part of the floor plan they specifically said preschool.

It was evident to me that the designers were not attuned to the needs of special education (or they were purposefully evasive). As a mom, I wasn't happy with the whole separate loading and entrance thing for our students. What the heck! Is that where the exclusion begins?! At elementary?! The answer is apparently yes.

The wing were the preschool is presented is part of the 650 expansion option.

Anonymous said...

Thanks mirmac!

I wonder why they would need childcare space? Schmitz Park's plans have it too.

Lynn

Anonymous said...

Duh! It's far after-school care.

Lynn

Anonymous said...

*for not far. I'm going to have to give in and get reading glasses.

Lynn

middle and high school parent said...

I would gladly pay $100/semester for a 7th period at high school. Sounds like a bargain!

Charlie Mas said...

Editorial in the Seattle Times that manages to say almost nothing and still get it wrong.

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Maureen said...

I'm not sure how many readers this will apply to (quite a few, I guess). But I'm interested in hearing your response to this NYT piece
The Opt-Out Generation Wants Back In.


Some of the School Board Race Discussion here has touched on this, but I'm more interested in a more general discussion: How do we balance supporting our families with reaching our full ("professional") potential? How do partners balance family needs and professional aspirations?

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I wonder if pieces like this will be allowed once Bezos takes over.....

A warning to college profs from a high school teacher