Seattle Schools, Week of Feb. 26-March 2, 2018

Monday, Feb. 26th
Mayor Durkan and the Department of Education and Early Learning will have an event at Garfield High School from 5:30-6:30 pm.

You are invited to discuss and learn about the Seattle Promise – Mayor Durkan’s initiative to provide two years of free college tuition to Seattle Public Schools graduates and help build economic opportunity for everyone in Seattle. The program, which is still in development, will provide the support necessary for all eligible graduates of Seattle Public Schools to attend up to two years (90 credits) of courses at partner public colleges. Program implementation will begin in the 2018-19 school year, beginning with current 13th Year Promise Scholarship Program students, who will be eligible for an additional 45 credits of support next school year. The Seattle Promise will be modeled on the 13th Year Promise Scholarship Program currently offered to 12th grade students at Cleveland, Chief Sealth, and Rainier Beach High Schools.
We invite all those interested to come learn about the preliminary work that has been done to bring the Seattle Promise to Seattle Public Schools graduates. Participants will have an opportunity to hear from the Mayor on her vision for Seattle Promise, listen to a short presentation on the work that has been done so far, ask questions about the direction of the Seattle Promise program, and give feedback on its future development.
I may try to go but if I don't and you do, please ask about how this will be funded.  Durkan did say at a recent West Seattle event, again, that some of the money will come from the Families & Education Levy.  Unless they are going to raise the amount in that levy, that means some SPS programs will see cuts or eliminations.
Equity and Race Advisory Committee Meeting at 5 p.m. - 7 p.m., JSCEE Auditorium

Tuesday, Feb. 27th
"Try a Trade: Media Arts," a College and Career Event on Tues., Feb. 27, 2018, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Seattle Central College, 1701 Broadway Seattle, WA 98122

This free event will help students learn about creative industry careers, plus get hands-on experience in the new Visual Media classrooms and information from the instructors.  Topics include: Videography Photography Multimedia

For more information, please contact Kate Baker Creative Advantage Project Manager, Media Arts, (206) 252-0733 

Work Session: City of Seattle Partnership Efforts, JSCEE from 4-6:00 pm.  No agenda yet available.  The Board will an Executive Session immediately after this Work Session.

This is interesting; I wonder who, if anyone, from the City will be there.  I'll have a separate thread on what the Mayor had to say about public schools at her State of the City speech last week but I sense a public face of partnership versus a private face of what City officials are planning/doing behind the scenes.

The two faces do not seem to me to match up and I hope the Board pays attention to that.

K-12 Education Funding and the Effects on Seattle Public Schools,  6-8 p.m., Leschi Elementary Cafeteria, 135 32nd Ave.  (Parking available in the playground – enter from Spruce St.)

Leschi Elementary PTA presents: an in-depth panel discussion on Basic Ed funding bills, school funding shortfalls, equity in schools, k-3 class size, capacity issues, boundaries and other issues facing our schools. Pizza and drinks will be provided! 

All are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to

Editor's Note; there are two Board members - Geary and DeWolf - scheduled to be at this panel discussion but that would mean they would miss the Executive Session. I'll have to ask about this.

Wednesday, Feb. 28th
Two Work Sessions
Work Session on Budget from 4:30-5:30 pm
Work Session on 24 Credits from 5:30-6:30 pm

Saturday, March 3rd

College Bound Scholarship Conference
University of Washington, Mary Gates Hall  12:30 - 1 p.m. Registration; 1 - 4 p.m. Workshops
Highlights: Workshops for students and parents, refreshments and door prizes, youth services and college fair, learn how to access your scholarship.
Read more about this conference.

No Director community meetings scheduled yet.  I note that Director DeWolf has not had a single one since his election.  He did state at one Board meeting that he would start in March (no explanation).


Getting Tired. said…
Geary and DeWolf missed the last board meeting, too. As I recall, DeWolf missed the C&I meeting when they discussed the new Science Standards. What is going on? It is improper for board members to miss too many meetings- especially when they deal with new science standards and you are not a person with close ties to education.
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North said…
Just adding that the 13th year scholarship applies to graduates of Ingraham high school starting in 2018.

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