Yesterday, the House Ways and Means Committee considered testimony on SHB 2337, “An Act relating to open educational resources in K-12 education.” The sponsor of the bill, Representative Reuven Carlyle (D-Seattle), reported that school districts currently spend $130 million a year to buy textbooks.
Today, after the normal cutoff date for hearing bills, the Senate Ways and Means Committee will take public testimony on SB 6576. This bill requires school districts to charge for the reasonable cost of responding to public records requests. Chargeable costs include the actual classified personnel costs to conduct the search, review, redact, and copy the records. School districts must provide a written estimate of the cost within ten business days of receiving the request for informati
Today the charter school bill introduced in the state Senate either proceeds or dies. The Chair of that committee, Senator Rosemary McAuliffe (D-Bothell) is trying to block the vote on the bill. Today the Everett Herald reports that the Governor has intervened.
Neerav Kingsland, chief strategy officer for New Schools for New Orleans, has written a great open letter to urban superintendents across the nation. The five parts of this letter have been published this week in Rick Hess’ Education Week blog, starting with Part I on Monday, January 23 and ending tomorrow, Friday, January 27th.
Mr. Kingsland says this to the urban superintendents: Stop trying to be Reformers of your centralized bureaucracies. Start being Relinquishers of power. Give that power to independently run charter public schools.
The air was electric at today’s House hearing on HB 2428. Everyone in the room knew that this bill, if it passes, would allow the first charter public schools in Washington’s history. This bill, if it passes, would move Washington state into the vanguard of education reform. This bill, if it passes, will remove Washington from the list of nine backwater states which currently ban charter public schools. <
Leading digital learning innovators have just released this letter warning that a single common national test would stifle innovations in learning. Led by Innosight Institute, the organization led by Clayton Christiansen and Michael Horn, authors of the 2008 book Disrupting Class, signatories to this letter are seeking to influence the design of the federally-financed national test now being developed by two consortia of states, the Partnership for As
This requires more background and context. Below is a very brief overview of how Washington state gave control over its curriculum standards and state test to national groups, because of demands made by the federal government.
A national journal reports that Washington’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction now admits that the cost of implementing the national Common Core Standards Initiative here will exceed $300 million.
The Washington Education Association (WEA) has called for a “Day of Action” rally in Olympia on November 28th, the first day of the Special Session of the Legislature. Teachers and public school employees are being urged to leave their classrooms to attend this rally and deliver a “budget cuts hurt kids” message to legislators. A Week of Action is planned for this week (11/14), with teachers across the state wearing “These Cuts Hurt” buttons, and the WEA placing editorials and ads in newspapers across the state claiming that school budgets have been cut.
School superintendents are telling lawmakers that reducing the school year by five days will fix their budgets, report the Everett Herald and Seattle Times. This shows that they care more about increasing and maintaining the pay of school employees than about providing school days to children.
I was struck by the many thoughtful and approving comments posted online after my editorial in the Everett Herald last Saturday, "More money isn't the answer for schools." So many teachers, parents, retired engineers, and other citizens have written me in response to this editorial, that I am still responding to their letters. Check it out for yourself, here.