Today on Twitter
Don't ask me to call it "X."
Here's what I tweeted:
Without notice nor explanation, Seattle Schools has banned international school-based travel for students. That means the 20+ year Hands for a Bridge program that includes travel to South Africa and Northern Ireland at Roosevelt High is school-bound.
It means the 49-year Nathan Hale High’s sister school in Japan exchange is gone. I know both programs raised money so that ANY student could make their trip. Programs like these are how you create world citizens and teach world history.
A newly-passed school board “fiscal policy” appears to want to dismantle PTA giving to schools on the basis of equity issues. (But PTAs fund about 23 FTE in schools so I think SPS DOES like getting those dollars). But to do this without public notice is shameful.
And I tweeted to the Times, The Stranger, and KUOW as well as Director Song who is the only director that I know of with a Twitter account.
One comment I receive at Twitter said this:
Our kids were looking forward to their Japanese trip. I only learned it was not going to happen next year from reading your blog Melissa, and confirmed with our teacher.
Made my blood boil.
The Board may be backing away from oversight but they should DEMAND that the district be transparent and clear and EARLY with any decisions that directly affect students.
One other comment was this:
Even domestic travel has become almost impossible, just too many rules and district requirements and year-ahead deadlines. Generally the field trip problem now is not money but arduous and ridiculous districts rules. This is just an extension of that.
Concie Pedroza started all this, basically did not like field trips of any kind because they are “too dangerous,” and I’m disappointed that her leaving has not changed district direction on this at all. These are life changing opportunities we are denying kids, for no reason.
And I had one guy say that parents should just organize on their own and why is the district paying for this? That's a laugh. The district pays near zero for any of this. It's parents/boosters/fundraising and, if it were not "a school trip," then you'd see fewer kids be able to afford to go.