Dec 132015
 

Strategic plan work session; drop-in meetings for Patu and Geary on agenda

From Seattle Public Schools, board office:

sps hqIn our continuing efforts to keep the public apprised of meetings, we are sending this Weekly Meeting Schedule which lists all the meetings of the Seattle School Board currently scheduled through this coming week.  As schedules do change, please refer to the website for the most up-to-date calendar items.

 

DATE TIME MEETING DESCRIPTION LOCATION ATTENDANCE
Monday, December 14, 2015 4:30 – 6:30 PM Board Special Meeting:  Curriculum & Instruction Policy Committee Board Office Conference Room Open
Wednesday, December 16, 2015 4:30 – 8:30 PM Board Special Meeting

·  Work Session: Strategic Plan/Governance Priorities Update (4:30-6:00pm)

·  Work Session: Board 2015-16 Self-Evaluation (6:00-7:30pm)

·  Executive Session: Evaluate the performance of a public employee, Litigation (7:30-8:30pm*)

*Times given are approximate

 

Auditorium,  John Stanford Center

 

 

Board Office Conference Room

 

 

Open

 

 

Closed

Thursday, December 17, 2015 4:30 – 6:30 PM Board Special Meeting:  Operations Committee Board Office Conference Room Open
Saturday, December 19, 2015 10:00 – 11:30 AM District VII Community Meeting (Patu) Caffe Vita, 5028 Wilson Ave S Open
Saturday, December 19, 2015 11:00 AM – 12:45 PM District III Community Meeting (Geary) Montlake Library, 2401 24th Ave E Open

 

Regular School Board meetings are held the first and third Wednesdays of the month unless otherwise noted.  The meeting agenda plus corresponding documentation are posted online by the end of the day on the Friday prior to the School Board meeting.  When you click on an item on the agenda, note that at the end of each action report, there are links to additional attachments pertinent to that specific Board action. The calendar section at the end of the agenda lists upcoming meetings for the next month for Board members.  For the most current information, please see the School Board Calendar on the district’s website.

Committee meeting agendas are available here.

Seattle School Board meetings are broadcast live on the Seattle Public Schools education channel – Channel 26 on Comcast.  For a complete broadcast schedule, please refer to our IBC website.  Video of each Board meeting is also available via the City’s Seattle Channel, usually posted within 24 hours of the meeting.

Any questions may be directed to the School Board Office at the contact number indicated below.

Thank you,

Theresa Hale
Board Office Manager
Seattle Public Schools
206-252-0041
tlhale@seattleschools.org

 

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Dec 132015
 

Understanding the School Budget

  • January 25, 2016, 6-8 p.m., John Stanford Center auditorium, 2445 3rd Avenue South Seattle, WA 98134 

Pocket Calculator. 2015. Photo: Anka AlbrechtFrom Seattle Public Schools:

Have you ever wondered how school funding, staffing and budgets are determined, but never knew who to ask?

The Seattle Public Schools finance team is excited to present an evening dedicated to understanding the school budget process on January 25, 2016.

Mark your calendar now for this fun and informative evening event!

Understanding the School Budget
Auditorium of the John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence
January 25, 2016, from 6 until 8 p.m.

They’ll share helpful information such as:

  • When the 2016-17 school planning dates occur
  • An overview of the budgeting process
  • How funding is determined and schools are staffed, including understanding information around class sizes and the process for parent involvement

Individuals who may need an auxiliary aid or service for this event should contact Patricia Stambor by phone at 206-252-0204 email accessibility@seattleschools.org by Wednesday, January 20.

 

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Nov 112015
 

Survey for families of students with disabilities

From the Washington Student Achievement Council:

Greetings!

Please take a moment to complete this short survey. Your input will inform the statewide Disability Task Force’s 2015 annual report and next steps.

Your participation is voluntary. Responses will be completely anonymous; your name will not appear anywhere on the survey or in any information that is shared. Completing this survey constitutes your consent to participate. Please direct questions to annem@wsac.wa.gov.

You can access the surveys here:

https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/amm57/280053

Thank you so much for your time!

Anne Messerly,
Policy Associate, Washington Student Achievement Council
www.wsac.wa.gov

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Nov 082015
 

From the Seattle School Board office:

sps hqIn our continuing efforts to keep the public apprised of meetings, we are sending this Weekly Meeting Schedule, which lists all the meetings of the Seattle School Board currently scheduled through Nov. 14.  As schedules do change, please refer to the website for the most up-to-date calendar items.

 

DATE TIME MEETING DESCRIPTION LOCATION ATTENDANCE
Monday, November 9, 2015 4:30 – 6:30 PM

 

 

6:30 – 7:30 PM

Board Special Meeting:  Curriculum & Instruction Policy Committee

 

Board Special Meeting:  Operations Committee of the Whole

Board Office Conference Room, John Stanford Center

 

Board Office Conference Room, John Stanford Center

Open

 

 

Open

 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 4:30 – 7:30 PM Oversight Work Session: Facilities (4:30 – 6:00 PM)

 

Board Special Meeting:  Work Session- Board 2014/15 Annual Evaluation (6:00 – 7:30 PM*)

(*times given are approximate)

Auditorium,  John Stanford Center

 

Auditorium,  John Stanford Center

 

Open

 

Open

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 All Day All District Offices are closed in observance of Veteran’s Day All District Offices N/A
Thursday, November 12, 2015 4:30 – 6:30 PM Board Special Meeting:  Audit & Finance Committee Board Office Conference Room Open
Friday, November 13, 2015 8:30 – 10:30 AM BEX Oversight Committee Meeting Room 2750, 2nd Floor,  John Stanford Center Open
Saturday, November 14, 2015 8:30 – 10:00 AM District II Community Meeting (Carr) The Hearthstone at Greenlake- 6720 East Greenlake Way N. Open

 

Regular School Board meetings are held the first and third Wednesdays of the month unless otherwise noted.  The meeting agenda plus corresponding documentation are posted online by the end of the day on the Friday prior to the School Board meeting.  When you click on an item on the agenda, note that at the end of each action report, there are links to additional attachments pertinent to that specific Board action. The calendar section at the end of the agenda lists upcoming meetings for the next month for Board members.  For the most current information, please see the School Board Calendar on the district’s website.

 

Committee meeting agendas are available here.

 

Seattle School Board meetings are broadcast live on the Seattle Public Schools education channel – Channel 26 on Comcast.  For a complete broadcast schedule, please refer to our IBC website.  Video of each Board meeting is also available via the City’s Seattle Channel, usually posted within 24 hours of the meeting.

 

Any questions may be directed to the School Board Office at the contact number indicated below.

 

Thank you,

Lauren Fode

Temporary Board Office Administrator

Seattle Public Schools

206-252-0040

lafode@seattleschools.org

 

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Nov 082015
 

Learn more, comment Nov. 10, 12 or 16

From Seattle Public Schools:

sps hqStudent Assignment Plan Community Meetings

The board action for the Student Assignment Plan, originally scheduled on Nov. 4, 2015, has been postponed until Nov. 18  in order to allow for additional understanding and feedback from our stakeholders and families.

Three community meetings have been scheduled to present information and gather feedback:

Nov. 10, 2015
6:30 until 8 p.m.
Ingraham High School Library
1819 N 135th St Seattle, WA 98133

Nov. 12, 2015
6:30 until 8 p.m.
Washington Middle School Library
2101 S Jackson St Seattle, WA 98144

Nov. 16, 2015
6:30 until 8 p.m.
Rainier Beach High School Library
8815 Seward Park Ave S Seattle, WA 98118

A copy of the Student Assignment Plan with the proposed changes, an FAQ and additional information can be found on the district website under Enrollment Planning. Comments and questions may be emailed to enrollmentplanning@seattleschools.org.

 

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Nov 082015
 
  • What is Social Emotional Learning? Click here

State social-emotional work group meets Nov. 30

From SEL for Washington:

Greetings,

Washington State’s 2014 Supplemental Budget, ESSB 6052 Sec 501 (34) directed OSPI to convene a work group “to recommend comprehensive benchmarks for developmentally appropriate interpersonal and decision-making knowledge and skills of social and emotional learning for grades kindergarten through high school that build upon what is being done in early learning.”

That work group has been formed.  Here are details that may be of interest:

Social Emotional Learning Benchmarks (SELB) Workgroup Meetings

All meetings are open to the public. We encourage you to attend the meetings, and to provide comments throughout the process.  The work group’s next meeting is on Monday, November 30, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m at the Renton Technical College.  The work group will establish regular meeting times and locations for subsequent meetings soon.

Location:

Renton Technical College

Rm. H-102 of the Business Technology building

3000 NE Fourth Street

Renton, WA 98056-4123

The SEL benchmark work group will submit its report with recommendations to the education committees of the legislature, and the office of the governor by October 1, 2016.  The work group also has a website:  http://www.k12.wa.us/WorkGroups/SELB.aspx

Make sure to visit www.SELforWA.com to stay updated with current information on the work group and other opportunities.

Warm Regards,

Sarah Butcher, co-founder SEL for Washington


Social Emotional Learning is an educational approach that recognizes that students are complex human beings whose learning and behavior are just as impacted by their emotions – and their control over those emotions – as they are by the quality of instruction and discipline.  SEL is explicit teaching of the skills we all need to handle our relationships, our work, and ourselves effectively.

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Oct 192015
 

Got a senior? Help is available for college applications

graduation cap and booksFrom the Seattle Public School’s College and Career Readiness Office:

Seattle Public Schools will be hosting a series of College Application Completion events throughout October and November.  These events are free and open to all 12th grade students.  Resources will be provided to support students with all aspects of applying to college.  This includes access to computers, printers, Admissions Counselors, and trained volunteers.  Visit www.roadmaptocollege.org for additional information on these events.

The dates and locations for these events are as follows:

  • Wednesday, October 21st @ Rainier Beach HS (2:50-4pm)
  • Thursday, October 22nd @ Chief Sealth International HS (3:15-6pm)
  • Thursday, October 29th @ Garfield HS (2:30-5:30pm)
  • Thursday, November 5th @ Roosevelt HS (2:30-5:30pm)
  • Tuesday, November 10th @ Cleveland HS (2:30-5:30pm)
  • Monday, November 16th @ Franklin HS (2:20-5:30pm)

The Seattle Public library will also be hosting events on the following dates:

  • Saturday, October 31st @ Douglas Truth Library (10am-5pm)
  • Wednesday, November 18th @ Lake City Library (5:30-7:30pm)

Check out the attached calendar for a full list of College and Career Readiness events that are happening this fall.

The SPS College and Career Readiness Office

Email: collegeandcareerreadiness@seattleschools.org2015-2016 CCR Senior Calendar.docx

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Oct 072015
 

4 out of 7 school board slots are up for vote


Your action matters. Learn about the candidates

WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 20, 6:30-8:30 pm
WHERE: Southside Commons, 3518 S. Edmunds St., Seattle 98118

  • Light dinner/snacks (compliments of Tutta Bella Columbia City)
  • Sponsored by Community & Parents for Public Schools of Seattle and the Southeast Seattle Education Coalition

school board electionsParents, we designed this one just for you.

When we gathered community late last spring to lay plans for A Better Way: The Charles Rolland Initiative for Public Engagement, we heard that you needed better ways to connect to public officials and that you needed a school system able to listen and respond.

So we’re hosting a forum that combines Q&A with small group discussion so you can meet the candidates, explore the issues that matter most to you, and better assess how the candidates might govern Seattle Public Schools.

Here’s how it works: We open with small groups where you can actually meet the candidates. Then we convene for rapid-fire questions from our grab bag. We repeat a few times. Best of all, you provide questions.

Easy in, easy out, and hopefully a better way to connect and learn about the candidates and what other parents are concerned about.

ABOUT THE ELECTION:

Seattle’s school board has seven directors, and four of the positions are up for election. Only one incumbent is running. So however this election turns out, at a minimum the next board will have three new directors, and in turn, they’ll each bring new priorities and new ideas.

It’s in your interest to have a board that not only works well together, and with the superintendent, but who collectively understand the needs of your child, your neighborhood and your school. Because even if they aren’t your local director, their work on the board will impact your child.

In Seattle we have a mix of local and general oversight when it comes to the school board. Directors represent specific zones within the school district, but they are responsible for the education of all students, K-12. Directors also take on specific roles, with some leading on curriculum and instruction policy, while others lead on audit and finance, or on operations. Finally there is an executive committee on the board that sets meeting agendas. So even if a director isn’t “your” director, she or he could have significant impact on your child’s learning experience.

Last August,voters in each of the sub-districts determined the top two in each zone. Now, voters citywide will weigh in on each of the remaining candidates. The election is Nov. 3.

WHO’S RUNNING?

District No. 1 (North Seattle; map of district)

District No. 2 (North Central, map of district)

District No. 3 (Northeast, map of district)

District No. 6 (West Seattle, map of district)

WHAT TO ASK?

You might have something specific you are concerned about, or you might be curious about how they would approach the job.

The Washington State School Director Association (WSSDA) – a statewide membership association that supports school board leadership – has identified five core standards for effective school boards:

  1. Responsible school district governance
  2. Communication of and commitment to high expectations for student learning
  3. Creating conditions district-wide for student and staff success
  4. Holding the district accountable for student learning
  5. Engagement of the community in education

You can read about each of the standards and benchmarks for success here.

WSSDA has also created standards for individuals. You might find it helpful to review them and use them as a guide to form questions, or to help you evaluate candidate  strengths. Here’s the list.

INDIVIDUAL SCHOOL DIRECTOR STANDARDS:

Standard 1. Values and Ethical Behavior
To be effective, an individual school director:

  1. Places students’ needs first.
  2. Demonstrates commitment to equity and high standards of achievement for each student.
  3. Commits to treating each individual with dignity and respect.
  4. Models high ethical standards.
  5. Advocates for public education.

Standard 2. Leadership
To be effective, an individual school director:

  1. Contributes to thoughtful governance discussions and decisions by being well informed, open minded and deliberative.
  2. Understands that authority rests with the board as a whole and not with individual directors.
  3. Is able to articulate and model appropriate school director roles and responsibilities.
  4. Actively participates in school director duties and responsibilities.
  5. Demonstrates group membership and leadership skills, working within the board structure.
  6. Respects the board’s role in policy making and supports all adopted board policies.

Standard 3. Communication
To be effective, an individual school director:

  1. Builds and maintains positive connections with the community and staff.
  2. Communicates accurately and honestly, with awareness of the impact of his/her words and actions.
  3. Listens carefully and with an open mind.
  4. Maintains civility and treats all people with respect.
  5. Maintains confi dentiality of appropriate matters.
  6. Refers and guides people with concerns to appropriate staff.
  7. Welcomes parent, student and community input.

Standard 4. Professional Development
To be effective, an individual school director:

  1. Commits the time and energy necessary to be informed and competent.
  2. Keeps abreast of current issues, research, applicable laws, regulations, and policies that affect public education.
  3. Participates in professional development, individually and with the board/superintendent team.

Standard 5. Accountability
To be effective, an individual school director:

  1. Is accountable to the community.
  2. Takes personal responsibility for his/her own words and actions.
  3. Respects and abides by board decisions.
  4. Meets expectations for transparency, including disclosing potential conflicts of interest and refraining from discussing or voting on those issues.
  5. Complies with board policies/procedures and the law

Hope to see you October 20! Ballots will be mailed out next week.

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Oct 052015
 

Senators will listen, and review proposed changes to levy and salary policies


Senate Education Committee listening tour
  • 5 to 7 pm, Monday, October 19, 2015
  • Educational Service District 121 – Puget Sound, 800 Oakesdale Ave. SW, Renton, 98057

piggy bank


By RAMONA HATTENDORF
Vice President, CPPS of Seattle

Got ideas, concerns, feedback or questions about how the state is going to meet its constitutional duty to amply fund K-12 education?

The education committee of the state senate is hosting a listening tour this fall, and they’re stopping in King County on Oct. 19, at the Puget Sound Educational Service District offices in Renton.

The committee’s presentation highlights the unconstitutional use of local levies to fund basic education, including compensation, and gives an overview of Senate Bill 6130, which was introduced in the last legislative session.

SOME BACKGROUND:

In rulings that long preceded the 2012 McCleary decision, the state supreme court had interpreted the provision in Washington’s constitution for “ample” funding of a “general and uniform” system of schools to mean that the legislature must define an instructional program of basic education, and must amply fund it from a regular and dependable source.

Local levies, the court ruled years ago and confirmed in 2012, are neither. The court described them as wholly dependent upon the whim of the electorate; only available on a temporary basis; and tied to the assessed valuation of property at the local level. That is, since land values vary, the amount that can be raised locally varies quite a bit, as does the tax burden on individual property owners.

Yet school districts rely on these levies to cover basic operations and, especially, to offer staff competitive salaries. For instance, Seattle’s recently negotiated contract includes boosts in base pay beyond the state’s salary allocation model. Seattle’s local school levy covers more than a quarter of Seattle Public Schools’ operating budget and is the second largest funding source for our schools. It is up for renewal this February. (SPS 2016-17 budget)

OPINION, PRO & CON:

Some legislators and advocates believe that addressing competitive pay (which can vary by region) and reforming levy collections are key to resolving ongoing constitutional issues with education funding. There have been several proposals for “levy swaps” in which state property taxes increase while local levies decrease.

But while at the state level these are “revenue neutral” proposals, at the local level, taxes will increase for some without any corresponding increase in funding available to local schools. Seattle falls into this category. In general, rural areas would get more state money and local tax relief, while urban areas would pay higher state property taxes and face limits on what they could add locally. A big concern is whether the state hike would be enough to cover funding needs in urban areas. Other concerns are about over-reliance on property taxes and spillover effects on already high housing costs. Some advocates and legislators see revenue reform as a inter-related issue – specifically adding a capital gains tax or income tax into the mix to mitigate over-reliance on property and sales taxes.

  • Here is a bill summary of SB 6130, at the end are summaries of testimony for and against.
  • Here is a link to the 2012 McCleary ruling that said the state was failing to meet its constitutionally mandated “paramount” duty to “amply fund” education.
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Oct 052015
 

Teachers contract, wellness, instructional materials, special education all up for vote

sps hqThe strike is over and a deal negotiated, but the Seattle School Board has yet to vote on the 2015-18 collective bargaining agreement with the Seattle Education Association. That is slated to happen this Wednesday, Oct. 7.

  • Click here for the action report (includes summary of proposed contract, AND the full contract)

Also up for a vote: The district’s student wellness policy. There is an active Lunch and Recess Matter parent group working on this.

  • Click here for the action report on the wellness policy (includes proposed resolution).

Special education action is an MOU for consultant services. Items for introduction include the 2015-16 state legislative agenda; a resolution in support of the McCleary decision, and approval of the student assignment plan (revisions proposed around tie-breakers, waitlists). Links to all action reports can be found on the board agenda. Action reports, in turn, will either include or link to more detailed information.

This week in Seattle Public Schools (Oct. 4-10)

BELL TIME COMMUNITY MEETING: Monday, Oct. 5, 6:30-7:30 pm, Jane Addams MS, 11051 34th Ave.NE

UPDATED: GROWTH BOUNDARIES COMMUNITY MEETING, Monday, Oct. 5, 6:30 – 7:15 pm, Schmitz Park Elementary, 5000 SW Spokane St. Information on local changes to assignment plan for 2016-17. Interpreters: Spanish, Somali and Vietnamese.

UPDATED: GROWTH BOUNDARIES COMMUNITY MEETING, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 6:30 – 7:15 pm, Seattle World School, Meany Building lunchroom, 301 21st Ave E. Information on local changes to assignment plan for 2016-17. Interpreters: Chinese, Spanish, Somali and Vietnamese

BOARD SPECIAL MEETING, Audit and Finance committee. Tuesday, Oct 6, 4:30 – 6:30 pm. Board Office Conference Room, John Stanford Center. Open to the public.

REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 4:15-8 pm, Auditorium, Stanford Center. See link for agenda. Requests for public testimony need to be made in advance. http://sps.ss8.sharpschool.com/cms/One.aspx?portalId=627&pageId=2493070. Student wellness policy is on the agenda.

UPDATED: Oct. 9 is slated to be a regular school day, pending board approval on Oct. 7. (It was a scheduled work day for teachers, with no classes for students. It is now slated to be one of the make up days for the strike.)

BEX Oversight Committee Meeting, Friday, Oct. 9, 8:30-10:30 am, Room 2750, 2nd Floor, Stanford Center

DROP-IN MEETING for School Board Dir. Carr, Saturday, Oct.10, 8:30-10 am, The Hearthstone at Green Lake, 6720 East Green Lake Way N.

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