Seattle Public Schools http://kplu.org en Seattle Schools To Use New State Funds To Avoid Planned Staffing Cuts http://kplu.org/post/seattle-schools-use-new-state-funds-avoid-planned-staffing-cuts <p>Following a cash infusion from the state and agitation from building-level staff, Seattle Public Schools administrators announced this week they won't be cutting staff members at schools after all.</p><p>Superintendent&nbsp;José&nbsp;Banda&nbsp;said the district will&nbsp;use the $8.3 million from the state Legislature's newly-passed budget to restore the equivalent of 50 assistant principals, counselors and clerical staff positions&nbsp;they had intended to eliminate next year.</p><p>"We intend to fully restore what was cut," Banda wrote in a district-wide email.</p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 19:37:24 +0000 Kyle Stokes 15037 at http://kplu.org Seattle Schools To Use New State Funds To Avoid Planned Staffing Cuts Seattle Public Schools: Spike In Marijuana Use Not Just Seen At Roosevelt High http://kplu.org/post/seattle-public-schools-spike-marijuana-use-not-just-seen-roosevelt-high <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Roosevelt High School has invited an expert on teen substance abuse to address concerned parents after the the school's principal&nbsp;<a href="http://roosevelths.seattleschools.org/modules/groups/homepagefiles/cms/1708880/File/NinthGradeLetter.pdf?sessionid=da924dab94dcc0cab90c32738d89ab39" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">sent a letter to parents</a>&nbsp;about an increase in drug and alcohol use at the school.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The letter by principal Brian Vance said the school's number of disciplinary incidents involving marijuana and alcohol use had "doubled" since last year, from 12 incidents to 24.</span></p><p>Seattle Public Schools officials say they've observed a similar trend district-wide.</p><p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 23:32:16 +0000 Kyle Stokes 14998 at http://kplu.org Seattle Public Schools: Spike In Marijuana Use Not Just Seen At Roosevelt High Seattle Teachers Vote Down School Building Budgets In Protest Of Looming Staff Cuts http://kplu.org/post/seattle-teachers-vote-down-school-building-budgets-protest-looming-staff-cuts <p>Teachers in 25 Seattle Public Schools have voted to reject their buildings' budgets for the next school year, and more may follow suit in the coming week.</p><p>Local teachers and union leaders coordinated the vote in hopes of forcing district officials to avoid cutting the equivalent of more than 50 full-time staff positions — clerical staff, assistant principals and school counselors — across the district's 95 schools.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 23:14:24 +0000 Kyle Stokes 14814 at http://kplu.org Seattle Teachers Vote Down School Building Budgets In Protest Of Looming Staff Cuts Nonprofit That Helps Children With Disabilities Needs More Time To Find A New Home http://kplu.org/post/nonprofit-helps-children-disabilities-needs-more-time-find-new-home <p></p><p><a href="http://nwcenterkids.org/queen-anne-early-learning/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Northwest Center Kids </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">in Queen Anne has rented the same building from Seattle Public Schools for decades. But the district says it’s short on space and needs the facility back in the next six months.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The program's location is hard to spot from the street. It’s tucked in near a city park on the downhill slope of north Queen Anne.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Inside, toddlers with Down syndrome and preschoolers with feeding tubes play side by side with typically developing children.</span></p><p>Inclusion was the goal of the program’s founders back in 1965.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">They had kids with special needs, and instead of institutionalizing them, they started their own school.</span></p><p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Wing 13134 at http://kplu.org Nonprofit That Helps Children With Disabilities Needs More Time To Find A New Home Gov't Offers New Guideline For Classroom Discipline To Address Racial Disparity http://kplu.org/post/govt-offers-new-guideline-classroom-discipline-address-racial-disparity <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Obama administration has issued new recommendations on classroom&nbsp;discipline&nbsp;that seek to end the apparent disparities in how students of different races are&nbsp;disciplined&nbsp;for breaking school rules.</span></p><p>Government civil rights data show that black students without disabilities are more than three times as likely as whites to be expelled or suspended. Critics say that creates a "school-to-prison" pipeline because many students enter the criminal justice system for violations.</p><p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 23:41:02 +0000 Florangela Davila & The Associated Press 12401 at http://kplu.org Gov't Offers New Guideline For Classroom Discipline To Address Racial Disparity Four Arrested for Trespassing at Vacant Horace Mann School http://kplu.org/post/four-arrested-trespassing-vacant-horace-mann-school <p>Seattle police have <a href="http://spdblotter.seattle.gov/2013/11/19/police-arrest-three-at-horace-mann-school-building/" target="_blank">arrested four people </a>occupying the vacant Horace Mann school in Seattle's Central District. Some activists inside had refused to leave the building even after they were warned against trespassing on school district property.</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 23:00:16 +0000 Florangela Davila & Gabriel Spitzer 11160 at http://kplu.org Four Arrested for Trespassing at Vacant Horace Mann School Seattle Schools Scorecard Shows Progress Made, but Goals Unmet http://kplu.org/post/seattle-schools-scorecard-shows-progress-made-goals-unmet <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Enrollment at Seattle public schools is growing. More students are graduating from high school. And more high school students are taking college-level courses, according to the </span><a href="http://www.seattleschools.org/modules/groups/homepagefiles/cms/1583136/File/Departmental%20Content/communications/State%20of%20the%20District/District%20Scorecard_2012-13.pdf?sessionid=5c0dd8d01c26b20bdd76e740518e07bc" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">school district’s own scorecard</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> released Tuesday.</span></p><p>But the district admits the same scorecard shows there’s much more work to be done.</p><p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 02:13:50 +0000 Florangela Davila 11028 at http://kplu.org Seattle Schools Scorecard Shows Progress Made, but Goals Unmet 16 More Seattle Schools Now Offering Free All-Day Kindergarten http://kplu.org/post/16-more-seattle-schools-now-offering-free-all-day-kindergarten <p>An additional 770 kindergarteners&nbsp;can now attend school for free as a result of Seattle Public Schools’ decision to offer free all-day kindergarten at 16 more schools.</p><p>The change took effect Nov.1, but it is retroactive to Sept. 4, meaning families will get refunds for September and October.</p><p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 21:07:21 +0000 Florangela Davila 10779 at http://kplu.org 16 More Seattle Schools Now Offering Free All-Day Kindergarten Seattle Schools Taking Public Input on Proposed Map Change http://kplu.org/post/seattle-schools-taking-public-input-proposed-map-change <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Where should Seattle children go to school? That&rsquo;s the question Seattle&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Public Schools is hoping to answer as<a href="http://www.seattleschools.org/modules/groups/homepagefiles/cms/1583136/File/Departmental%20Content/enrollment%20planning/Sept%2017%20meeting/GB_WorkSession_Handout%20Document%20with%20Maps_Sept23Planning.pdf?sessionid=54cc01a95bd5d74d8d059b583414be05"> </a>it <a href="http://www.seattleschools.org/modules/cms/pages.phtml?sessionid=d56b538b89d08844ac54abbfa54b3de1&amp;pageid=296812&amp;sessionid=d56b538b89d08844ac54abbfa54b3de1" target="_blank">redraws the school assignment&nbsp;</a></span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.seattleschools.org/modules/cms/pages.phtml?sessionid=d56b538b89d08844ac54abbfa54b3de1&amp;pageid=296812&amp;sessionid=d56b538b89d08844ac54abbfa54b3de1" target="_blank">map</a><a href="http://www.seattleschools.org/modules/groups/homepagefiles/cms/1583136/File/Departmental%20Content/enrollment%20planning/Sept%2017%20meeting/GB_WorkSession_Handout%20Document%20with%20Maps_Sept23Planning.pdf?sessionid=54cc01a95bd5d74d8d059b583414be05">.</a></span></p><p>But before the district makes its final proposal, it wants&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">to hear what parents have to say. The district is holding <a href="http://www.seattleschools.org/modules/cms/pages.phtml?pageid=294923#community_meetings_schedule" target="_blank">two more community meetings tonight and tomorrow night</a>. It is also taking community input online.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Diana Bodwin, who lives in Seattle&#39;s Georgetown neighborhood, says she had expected to enroll her 4-year-old son, Teddy, in what she thought was her neighborhood school, Maple Elementary School.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">But&nbsp;under the district&#39;s proposals, Georgetown children would be assigned to&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Van&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Asselt</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Elementary School, which is</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;farther south.</span></p><p>&quot;We know Maple. We know that we feel connected to it, and we were prepared for it. And we had a good experience and good recommendations from parents who had been there,&quot; said Bodwin.</p><p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Florangela Davila 10181 at http://kplu.org Seattle Schools Taking Public Input on Proposed Map Change School to Start on Time in Seattle, Snoqualmie, South Kitsap http://kplu.org/post/school-start-time-seattle-snoqualmie-south-kitsap <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The school year will begin on Wednesday for students in Seattle,&nbsp;</span>Snoqualmie<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and south Kitsap County after their teachers reached last-minute agreements with their respective districts Tuesday.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Late Tuesday, the Seattle Education Association voted to approve a two-year agreement reached with the school district over the weekend. The contract includes a longer work day for some, as well as higher pay.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 02:51:08 +0000 Florangela Davila 9871 at http://kplu.org Kitsap Teachers Reach Deal, Seattle Teachers Undecided http://kplu.org/post/kitsap-teachers-reach-deal-seattle-teachers-undecided <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The school year will start on time for students in south Kitsap County after teachers overwhelmingly approved a new three-year contract on Tuesday.</span></p><p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 21:55:04 +0000 Florangela Davila 9864 at http://kplu.org Strikes Loom for Kitsap, Seattle Teachers http://kplu.org/post/strikes-loom-kitsap-seattle-teachers <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">As the school year draw near, teacher strikes are a possibility in south Kitsap County and Seattle following disagreements over contract negotiations.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 15:23:59 +0000 The Associated Press 9766 at http://kplu.org Strikes Loom for Kitsap, Seattle Teachers Seattle Teachers Expected to Reject District's Contract Offer http://kplu.org/post/seattle-teachers-expected-reject-districts-contract-offer <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seattle teachers are expected to reject the school district’s latest contract offer at its meeting Monday evening, but the superintendent suggests the district is ready to deal on some key sticking points.</span></p><p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 23:30:21 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 9764 at http://kplu.org Seattle Teachers Expected to Reject District's Contract Offer Teachers Slam Seattle Schools' Proposal to Increase Class Size http://kplu.org/post/teachers-slam-seattle-schools-proposal-increase-class-size <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seattle public schools kicks off the new school year on Sept. 4&nbsp;with a projected enrollment of 52,000 students—an increase of 4,600 students in the past five years.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But how best to accommodate all those students in the future has Seattle schools and the teacher’s union at odds.</span></p><p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 23:52:06 +0000 Florangela Davila 9635 at http://kplu.org Teachers Slam Seattle Schools' Proposal to Increase Class Size Experts Tell Seattle School Board to Get its Act Together http://kplu.org/post/experts-tell-seattle-school-board-get-its-act-together <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A group of local and national experts is calling on the Seattle School Board to get its act together.</span></p><p>Specialists in school district governance say the research is clear: School board dysfunction matters. Seattle Pacific University professor Thomas Alsbury said drama in the board room can poison the whole organization, which affects students.</p><p>“When boards and central office leaders are viewed as unstable or chaotic, excellent principals and teachers choose to go elsewhere,” he said.</p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 22:55:23 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 9378 at http://kplu.org Experts Tell Seattle School Board to Get its Act Together