Friday Open Thread

New Story from Crosscut, primary voting was way up which bodes well for the general.  From the primary results for Seattle School Board, there is an extremely close vote between Liza Rankin and Eric Blumhagen.  There were about 2,000 votes for other candidates so which of them will pick up more of those votes?  Also, for all the Board races, the voting goes from district voting to citywide voting so who will appeal more across the city especially as the city council races have generated a much interest around the issue of homeless folks and their issues.

An eight-year old girl in Mexico won a Nuclear Sciences prize for her invention.
At just 8 years old, Xóchitl Guadalupe Cruz has invented a device to help low-income families.  
The little girl from Chiapas was recognized by UNAM's Institute of Nuclear Sciences for her outstanding scientific achievement.

At just 8 years old, Xóchitl has designed and constructed a solar-powered device to heat water, using only recycled materials, Cultura Colectiva reports.
From OSPI:

The 2019 Washington State Legislature directed staff of the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee (JLARC) to study the school mapping systems used to facilitate responses to schools during incidents or emergencies (Ch. 333, Laws of 2019).

Between August 1 and 20, the Social & Economic Sciences Research Center (SESRC) at Washington State University will administer two surveys for JLARC. One survey will gather information from school districts, and the second will gather information from local law enforcement agencies.

Results from the survey will be included in the full report. Staff will present the report to JLARC on January 8, 2020.
This SPS event just popped up this week at the district's website.  It indicates the public may attend.
Racial Equity Synergy
Saturday, August 24, 2019 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. PDT
Chief Sealth International High School Cafeteria
2600 Southwest Thistle Street Seattle, WA 98126
Join members of Seattle Public Schools: African American Male Advisory Commitee (AAMAC), Equity and Race Advisory Committee (ERAC), Disproportionality in Discipline Committee (DiD), and Partnership Committee for a day of community, cross-committee collaboration and commitment to racial equity across the system. There will be time to work in individual committee groups as well as a whole-group facilitated work session. Let's combine the individual energy of each committee to create a SYNERGY for the greater good of our students and a greater effect on our district!
If accommodations are required, please contact Jeanne Suleiman at
 What's on your mind?


SEA Update said…
Historically, SEA contracts were negotiated every three years. SEA negotiated a contract last year. They now want a two year contract.

The district and should reject 1-2 year contracts.

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