Education

HCC in Seattle Schools. Fix it. Don’t Cut it!

2 Oct , 2019  

Seattle Public School students

The Highly Capable Cohort (HCC) in Seattle Public Schools is once again on the chopping block. On September 25 Superintendent Juneau proposed the sweeping elimination of this program. Two years ago, the School Board passed a resolution directing the Superintendent to “implement, by school year 2019-20, more equitable identification practices for advanced learning and highly […]

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Education

Last push for two start times!

2 Jun , 2017  

teen trying to sleep

Next week the Seattle City Council will vote on whether or not to provide the one-time funding for a shift to two start times for Seattle students. The School Board will vote on June 7. It’s urgently important that they hear from you, particularly if you are negatively impacted by Tier 3. If we shift […]

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Education

Oh give us a break and give sleep a chance!

16 May , 2017  

sleeping teen

It’s hot potato time for teen sleep in Seattle. The Families and Education Levy Oversight Committee voted 4-3 in favor of recommending that the City of Seattle fund the shift to two start times. In other words they passed the potato or the buck or whatever you want to call it.  They could have covered […]

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Education

Pushback on better school start times

30 Apr , 2017  

sleeping teen

The good news is the Seattle Mayor’s office is recommending support of a shift to two school start times. The bad news is there’s pushback. Please send emails to key people listed below in support of a shift to two start times next year. The Mayor of Seattle is recommending to the Levy Oversight Committee […]

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Education

Help Improve School Start Times in Seattle

1 Apr , 2017  

later start times for teens

Seattle Public Schools could optimize start times for all students next year, but we need your help! This will take two minutes of your time. If we don’t do this we could end up with start times moving in the WRONG direction! The City needs to hear from as many people as possible by April […]

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Education, Writing

Sleep or Sports: which is more important for teens?

29 Apr , 2016  

sports or sleep

Published in Huffington Post, 4/29/16– As pressures mount to shift to later school start times for teens many districts won’t because of sports. Athletes are trained to tough it out, push it to the limit, power through discomfort and fatigue. Districts encourage all students to participate in sports for their health and well-being. So what’s […]

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Education

Seattle School Board Accomplishments

4 Dec , 2015  

girls at Seattle Public Schools

We did all this! December 1, 2011-December 1, 2015 Nobody knows what happens behind the scenes in a large and complex school district unless they work there.  School Board Directors have a unique perspective because we’re charged with oversight and are well-advised to stay out of management.  Our decisions set priorities and drive them forward. […]

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