Tuesday, December 31, 2013

12-31-13 Seattle Schools Community Forum

Seattle Schools Community Forum:

Public Education News Wrap-Up
A great piece from @The Chalk Face by John Kuhn who covers both the year in review AND what to do in 2014.  His queries for 2014:Will the education reformers rebound from their numerous defeats this year? They still have the money, they still own the media and the US Department of Education, and they have fresh NAEP and PISA scores that “prove” whatever they want them to prove. (Tennessee and DC s

Washington State Charter School Updates
More news rolls in for updating charter schools in Washington State.First, three Charter Commissioners have expiring terms and are up for re-appointment (apparently all three want to stay). Commissioners Chris Martin, Margit McGuire and Kevin Jacka have expiring terms.  It's early to say who should stay and who should go but so far these three seem capable.  Margit McGuire is the most thoughtful o

Goodbye to 2013 - Hello to 2014!
Pop quizzes!Pew Research Center - News IQ QuizSlate's News Quiz.Nice idea for the new year - a Good Times Jar project.  A good way to keep track of what matters to your family and showing gratitude for the good things (big and small) in your lives. Even little victories count.Start this January with an empty jar. Throughout the year write the good things that happened to you on little pieces of pa

12-30-13 Seattle Schools Community Forum
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Patt Sutton - A Champion for Public Education in SeattleThe West Seattle Herald has a very good obituary of Patt Sutton who served two-terms as president of the Seattle School Board.  That's a very little bit of what this woman did for Seattle Public education (as well as being the mother of 12 children and working for Boeing.)  She also:Upon learning there was no