Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Ed News Roundup

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Ed News Roundup:

Ed News Roundup

Boy, is there a lot out there.

First up, great news for the students receiving Washington Opportunity Scholarships - their check goes up from $1,000 to $5,000.  From the Times report:

The scholarship is for Washington residents studying at in-state institutions who are majoring in science, technology, engineering, math — often called STEM — and health-care fields, and who meet an income threshold that's considered low- to middle-income — up to $102,200 for a family of four. Its aim is to encourage more students to go into those high-paying, high-demand fields.

It may be especially important to middle-income families, who often don't qualify for financial-aid programs and must rely instead on loans, especially as tuition has risen so dramatically.

Freshmen and sophomore scholarship winners will receive the smaller $1,000 award. Because it's renewable, 

FYI on School-Level Concerns

Some of you SPS parents may not be aware but there is a procedure to follow if you have aschool-level concern and if you don't follow it, you may be spinning in circles (without knowing why).

Here's a link to our SPS Ombudsman page that gives many helpful details. 

I put this forth because a parent from one school got up at the most recent Board meeting and said that 22 parents had phoned Superintendent Banda with a concern and he hadn't answered one call.