Budget Deal Brings Session to a Close: You have to give huge credit to the Governor who – along with negotiators – burned the midnight oil and then some. They wrapped up the budget early in the morning on Wednesday with Governor Gregoire able to hold negotiators together long enough to hammer out an agreement. She said the session was the most difficult in her time as Governor. The Times’ Andrew Garber gets it right when he says “in the end everyone got a little of what they wanted.” Who really “won” and who really “lost?” I have to agree with Publicola that the winners were students. The no-cuts-to-education budget is a huge deal after several years’ worth of billion dollar budget cuts. In the losers bracket, the education community takes a huge hit with George Scarola’s retirement. George has been LEV’s lobbyist for some ten years now. He’s worked every major funding campaign, every significant reform issue, every session with the same integrity and intense dedication to kids. We are going to miss him. A lot. Thank you, George, for everything.
Education Front and Center: Last week, democratic gubernatorial candidate, Jay Inslee released his education plan. For a while there, he was playing catch up to republican candidate, and current Attorney General, Rob McKenna. Both candidates have stumped on education and now both have staked a lot of their political currency on the issue. They’re not alone. Gubernatorial candidates nationwide are putting education on the front burner, tying it to economic development and jobs. That’s good news for voters. And kids. Compare and contrast the Washington candidates here.
Seattleicious: School Board Member Sherry Carr makes a plea for stable school leadership in an Op-Ed in Crosscut. Carr calls out some pretty damning statistics regarding the turnover at the top of the District’s administration. And calls on the community to support our schools chief. We seem to have scared off many a highly qualified candidate in the past.
Public or private? One writer’s internal cage match over what to do for her soon-to-be high schooler.
Tids and Bits:
- Excelencia in Education has data and maps and practices that work to see Latino kids through college completion.
- It’s hard to believe but gender bias still exists in math instruction.
- Longevity and better health are accrued to those with the best education.
- Is there anything that super-education-Mayor Cory Booker CAN’T do? Make that man a cape!
That’s it for this week, friends. Get out and plant something! And thanks for all you do for kids.