Well, it wasn’t exactly “Dewey Defeats Truman,” but last week’s proclamation of a budget deal was—sadly—a bit premature. Not everyone bought into the hype that a deal was imminent; some remain optimistic, while others offer admonishment. For their part, the Supreme Court is taking a wait-and-see approach. They are due a report on progress and a plan to finish the necessary work of fully funding “basic education” shortly after the Legislature finally adjourns.
At which point, I hope that the Legislature is called back into another session. Because, well, they didn’t fully comply with the Court’s orders. A girl can dream, can’t she?
While we’re on the topic of school funding, a new report, “Is School Funding Fair,” asks and answers some pretty essential questions about the equitable distribution of resources. The report’s grades for Washington are nothing to rave about. (I’m sure there’s an “opt-out” joke in there somewhere, but gosh, I just can’t find it.)
A lot has been written about Common Core implementation, including the significant pushback to the assessments that go with the new standards. We will soon see the outcomes of our first full year of statewide implementation. To learn more, register for our upcoming “LEVinar,” taking place June 16.
With graduation season in full swing, a look at the national graduation rates, and the numbers (and strategies) behind them provides fresh and tempered insight.
The end of the school year also marks transition time for retiring teachers hanging up their chalk to tackle life’s next big thing. (Though I hope that the chalk wasn’t from this chalkboard.) Even as we give all due thanks to those who’ve served our kids, we have to ask: where’s the next generation coming from? Especially when we want a much more diverse teaching force that represents and reflects the kids we’re serving. And when our kids’ needs and the brain science that explains those needs are changing.
Speaking of transitions, the one from high school to college is both exciting and difficult—especially for students in “remedial” or “developmental” courses. Building the pathway—not just to, but through—college is also exciting and difficult.
Some lighter reading this time around:
- The impact of Sesame Street—more than you might think.
- Drones to catch cheating?
- Goldilocks and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
- It’s not the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, exactly….
Well kids, just a quick reminder that with this little golf tournament taking place a short drive from the capital, it’s hard to imagine much work getting done next week. Rumor has it that the much coveted hotels and camping spots favored by legislators have been snapped up. Mark your calendars, cuz budget D-Day is the end of the month when the state government will, for the most part, shut down without a budget deal. (And, yes, I said camping spots.)
Thanks for playing—and for all you do on behalf of Washington’s students.
Chris (and Team LEV)
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