Monday, August 03, 2015

Seattle Schools Starting to Power Back Up

This is the last week of real downtime for the District.  Next week sees the Board and staff with several meetings.  However, some calendar items are at Marty McLaren's campaign website and not at SPS.  Given some of them are next week, I'm trying to get clarification.  I'm also hoping that agendas will be available soon.

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Have You Voted?

If not, then get on the good foot and get it done.

If so, good for you.

City's Preschool Program

The Times had big news this morning that preschoolers can learn math but nobody in preschool teaching ever knew this before.

Naturally, I'm being facetious as most parents do know this (even if they don't know the best way to teach their own children).  As well, I would think most bonafide preschools do know this (and I certainly know Montessori and Waldorf do).

This article seems a bit of a cheerleading piece for the City's preschool but then, the City extended the deadline for parents to enroll so maybe they need the help.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Two Seattle Public Education Items of Note

First, after review by hired reviewers, the Washington State Charter Commission staff are recommending approval of two new charter schools in our state.  These are the recommendations that the Commission members themselves will be considering at their next meeting on August 13th.

The schools the applicants have put forth:

Operator: Innovation Schools
School Name: Willow Public School
Grades Served: 6-8
School Location: Walla Walla

Operator: Summit Public Schools Washington
School Name: Summit Public School: Seattle #2 
Grades Served: 6-12
School Location: South Seattle

Both schools received "Meets" standard in four categories (out of four measures with "Exceeds" being the best, followed by "Meets," "Partially Meets," and "Does Not Meet.")

I note that Summit has this named at their website at "Summit Public School:Sierra" and both appear on the application but under the Proposal Overview, it's "Summit Public School: Seattle #2."

Second, the SEA has an update on their bargaining activities(partial):

Seattle Public Schools will receive at least an additional, and substantial, $37 million in discretionary state and levy funds this coming school year, according to SPS budget director Linda Sebring. About $20 million of that is from the state, along with another $17 million from the levy (levy funding is tied to state funding; the more state funding, the more levy funding, too).

Friday Open Thread

Forgot one interesting piece of news; the City has extended the deadline for families to apply for their Preschool Program from July 31st to August 10th.  What? Families aren't breaking down the doors for this "high-quality" preschool?  I note that ALL the classrooms for the City program are indeed in Seattle Schools.

The College Board got quite the battle over AP History and apparently more conservative interests won.  From Huffington Post:

McCleary: What Happens Next?

Want to understand where we are on McCleary?  Here's a good wrap-up from the Coalition to Protect our Public Schools. 

Will the Supreme Court order the Legislature back into session?  I doubt it given there were so many extra sessions already.  I think the Supreme Court has seen what "action" looks like from the Legislature.

No, I think the Court will probably act on one of the McCleary-requested actions (see below).   That will get the Legislature's attention.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Guest Post on Restorative Justice

I can't be everywhere and am delighted a reader reached out to me to ask to write about Oakland Unified School District's Restorative Justice Program and the forum here on that subject on July 17th.

Why Focus on Special Ed? Read On

In Texas (from Disability Scoop):

In what’s believed to be a first, a new law in Texas will require schools to install cameras upon request in classrooms serving students with disabilities.

Gifted Ed - What Next?

As we all know, trying to understand how gifted education in SPS is presented is a losing proposition.  The District has this three-tier system that, on paper, looks somewhat orderly.  But, brush off the cobwebs on this old plan, and you find that:

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

PBS Has Story on IB at Rainier Beach

Somehow I missed this but PBS had a story in June.  on the International Baccalaureate program at Rainier Beach High School.  I am glad they are getting this notice. 
The International Baccalaureate program, once thought of as a college preparatory curriculum exclusively for the rich, may also help students at struggling schools. The NewsHour’s April Brown explores how the program has transformed one high school in Seattle.