Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Tuesday Open Thread

The Seattle Education Association membership is meeting today and will vote on striking.  Tomorrow, Wednesday, August 29th is scheduled to see negotiations but I guess not if the teachers go on strike.

Here is an excellent summary from Summer Stinson, the head of Washington's Paramount Duty, about how we got here.  Pressure needs to be brought upon the Legislature and the Governor to fix what is really a big mess.  I'm not sure there is a confident or happy school district in the entire state about what the future of school funding really looks like.

Teachers should not have to accept less money because of the legislature’s mistakes. I sympathize with legislators who want to be done with the education funding issue. I'd like to move on with my life, too. But legislators have the obligation to come back and fix what they broke. After all, they’re going to have to revisit the funding issue thanks to their own use of short-term funds. It’s a problem legislators created for themselves.

When strikes took place in red states, teachers were supported by the public and cheered on by Democratic leaders, such as DNC Chair Tom Perez. But here in Washington, some Democrats prefer that parents not challenge the smoke and mirrors “solution” that Republicans and big business pushed and Democrats accepted.
She also calls out State Superintendent Chris Reykdal who seems to have stumbled on this issue.
For example, Chris Reykdal, who was elected as State Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2016 with strong support from teachers, has now come out against teachers getting the raises they’re due. He is now advising districts to limit raises to what is sustainable with the two funding cuts on the horizon.
Look who's coming to town? Arne Duncan, here to shill his new book (October 3rd at Town Hall).  I may go with the hope there will be a comment period.  There are several other events to call to your attention:

How the Supreme Court is Threatening the Rights of Our Students - September 13th
The Self-Interested Altruism of Today’s Elite - September 20th
Teaching for Black Lives (local authors/activists) - September 24th 
Birds, Bees, and #MeToo—Helping Our Kids Build Gender Equality - October 11th
The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid - October 20th
From the Atlantic, why LeBron Jamesnew school really is unique.

On school safety, stories from NPR. 

Should school staff be trained to stop bleeding (as may happen during a school shooting)?

Should we train children what to do - actively - during a school shooting? There are already training clinics for kids.

From former Ballard science teacher, Eric Muhs:

I'm HEADED back to the SOUTH POLE !!
As you may recall, I had an amazing opportunity come about in 2002 to go to the pole to work on what became the Ice Cube Neutrino Observatory. Since then, I've stayed involved with project, developing teaching ideas.
I'll be posting about this here on FB, youtube, and elsewhere, and I expect to do some live webcast from the pole in December.
If you have a group that might be interested in a talk, or a classroom visit, or even a group of students that wants to design an experiment that I can take to the pole, well, just let me know. Lots of big science news from Ice Cube this summer, so it's a particularly exciting time to be involved in neutrino astronomy.

A really great A-Z article on back-to-school from the Spokesman Review in Spokane. 

What's on your mind?


Unknown said...

Boy, that levy equalization really caught us under the chin, didn't it? But hey, now, Seattle will be as underfunded as the other districts that weren't grandfathered in under the old levy cap and districts that aren't as property-rich as the city. It's funny to watch socialists become angry when they have to take a loss.

Anonymous said...

The riveting new book, The Diary of Arne Duncan, in softcover-vinyl bathtub baby format, full of bouncing basketballs and dollar signs.


Anonymous said...

I've got a random question: months ago, I read a comment here that said that Sacajawea Elementary had a great program for kids with autism. I can't find anything about that on their website, though. Anyone have any insight?
-Pragmatic Xennial

GLP said...

SEA voted just now to authorize a strike IF a tentative agreement is not reached by Sept 4th. So bargaining continues now. Strike only happens if they can’t work it out in the next 7 days.


Sac Parent said...

My children have been in gen ed at Sacajawea, so my knowledge about the program for children with Autism is from that perspective. It appears to be a great program, and our children have had classmates that are supported through the program through the years. I recommend contacting the office if you would like more information.

Anonymous said...

In education news, the NYT reports the Justice Department has filed a "statement of interest" in support of Asian-American students suing Harvard:

"Harvard has failed to carry its demanding burden to show that its use of race does not inflict unlawful racial discrimination on Asian Americans"

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