Advocacy

Speak up and ask questions at local community meetings with School Board Directors

Community Meetings held with Directors of the School Board are an excellent way to learn about school programs and policies, as well as to advocate for your views on district decisions and practices. The full meeting schedule is available on the District website. These are more intimate meetings held in smaller venues like a public library where one on one dialogue and discussion is possible. Directors hold various community meetings throughout the year. These meetings will be listed on their individual Director pages, as well as on the Board calendar. Please click here for full calendar of Board meetings.


UPDATE re: Middle School Assignments

Following the discussions around overcrowding at RESMS last week, families were sent the quoted update below. The Cascadia PTA will continue to update families as the district’s plans evolve.

Dear Families,Thank you to those who have participated in the conversation around over-enrollment and building capacity issues at the campus shared by Robert Eagle Staff Middle School and Licton Springs K-8.

We have decided to slow down the process after meeting with families on Nov. 7. As a result, we are canceling the meeting scheduled for Nov. 13 at Whitman Middle School.

We will be moving forward a recommendation to the School Board that assigns all Olympic View Elementary neighborhood students to Jane Adams Middle School for the 2019-20 school year. The recommendation will also include grandfathering for current Robert Eagle Staff students.

As a result, for the 2019-20 school year there will continue to be overcrowding at the Robert Eagle Staff and Licton Springs K-8 building. We are working with the school leaders to schedule meetings to discuss more thoughtful engagement and future plans.

A work session on School Boundary Changes is scheduled for November 19 at the John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence from 4:30 – 6 p.m. This update will be discussed at the work session.

We look forward to working with families to develop a long-term solution that addresses the capacity issues and reflects the needs of students and families.

 

Michael Tolley                           Wyeth Jessee

Chief Academic Officer             Chief of Student Supports


Legislation

There are a number of education bills being looked at by the WA state house and senate, including on requiring universal screening for 2nd and 6th graders to determine advanced learning eligibility. Follow this bill and more at: https://educationvoters.org/resources/bill-tracker/

As the next legislative session gets underway we will be following these items and keeping you posted as to their progress.

Budget:

Large budget shortfalls are predicted for the 2019/2020 years and going into the future. Learn more at: https://www.seattleschools.org/district/calendars/news/what_s_new/budget_update

and read about the Operations Levy here: https://www.seattleschools.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=627&pageId=36684575

School Board news:

As always the school board welcomes your feedback. To attend a meeting see the calendar below, or email your comments to: schoolboard@seattleschools.org