Newly appointed Washington Charter School Commission members Trish Millines Dziko and Steve Sundquist fielded questions at last Wednesday’s meeting of the Black Education Strategy Roundtable in Federal Way. Multiple questioners focused on the commissioners’ plans to ensure that “at-risk,” educationally disadvantaged students get more opportunities to excel, as intended by the charter law’s supporters. Sundquist and Dziko said it’s too early to predict outcomes, but assured the group that they remain committed to supporting excellence and expanding opportunities for at-risk, disadvantaged students throughout the process. The first meeting of the Charter Commission was April 4th in Olympia and the next will be April 30th in Bellevue. More on public charter schools.
Equal Opportunity Schools (EOS) Executive Director Reid Saaris detailed how his organization is helping districts get more black, brown, and low-income students into Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and Cambridge courses and programs. Saaris announced that Seattle Public Schools has agreed to partner with EOS in four high schools to be named soon.
The next regular meeting of the Black Education Strategy Roundtable will be Tuesday, May 28th from 5:45 to 8:00 p.m. at the new Technology Access Foundation headquarters, Bethaday Community Learning Center at 605 SW 108th St, Seattle, WA 98146. All are welcome.
Below are some pictures from the event: