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Overview of the Seattle School District Collective Bargaining Agreement

May 2, 2010 in Publications

Seattle School District officials are negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement with the city’s teachers’ union, the Seattle Education Association. Participants expect the talks to take several months.

Certification laws, union contracts leave Spokane teachers tied up in knots

April 30, 2010 in Blog

Facing declining enrollment, the Spokane Public School district announced this week it is going to lay off 18 employees, mostly teachers. At the same time, the district says it plans to hire them back. The reasons and restrictions surrounding such a decision are mind boggling. Let’s take them one-by-one.

Children of school employees in North Thurston given special privileges over other children

April 30, 2010 in Blog

Not only does the North Thurston School District assign students to Aspire Middle School on the basis of their race, which is illegal, they have a written policy which gives preference to children of school district employees when there is not enough room at a school for everyone.

Overview of the Seattle School District Collective Bargaining Agreement

in Press releases

Seattle – A new study released by Washington Policy Center, a non-partisan public policy research think tank based in Seattle, describes how the current collective bargaining agreement affects the School District’s ability to carry out its educational mission.

North Thurston School District saves spots at Aspire Middle School for children of school employees

April 29, 2010 in Blog

The North Thurston School District has created a lottery for the assignment of students to Aspire Middle School, and has stacked it to give preference to children on the basis of their race, which appears to violate their civil rights under Washington law RCW 49.60.400.

North Thurston School District employees design school assignment plan to favor their own children

April 29, 2010 in Blog

Last week I wrote about the North Thurston School District using race to assign children to a popular new school, Aspire Middle School.  The school district created a "lottery" for assigning children, but then designed this lottery to ensure that Aspire Middle School is populated by the "right" percentages of white children, and the"right" percentages of minority children.  Minority students represent 27% of Aspire Middle School's population. The district wants the population of this school to be 37% minority to reflect district-wide numbers.  This appears to be a violation of the children's civil rights under RCW 49.60.400, which expressly prohibits schools from giving preferential treatment to students on the basis of race.

Dance of the lemons poor method to deal with ineffective teachers

April 28, 2010 in In the News
Tacoma Weekly
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Tacoma Weekly
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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

North Thurston School District may be violating civil rights of students hoping to go to Aspire Middle School

April 20, 2010 in Blog

The Olympian reports today that the North Thurston School District is denying students placement in the new Aspire Middle School on the basis of race.  This appears to be a violation of their civil rights under RCW 49.60.400, which states:

 1) The state (which includes school districts) shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race....

Michelle Rhee achieves great leap forward for D.C. students

April 8, 2010 in Blog

After two years of rancorous bargaining, Michelle Rhee, Chancellor of the D.C. school district, reached a tentative five-year agreement with the Washington Teachers' union, which still must be ratified by rank and file union members.