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December 19, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Roundup: SPS probe finds special ed director violated policy; Garfield staffing fight continues

Former special-ed director violated policies, SPS says: An investigation by Seattle Public Schools has concluded that Zakkiyah McWilliams broke district rules by sending out competing bids for a $150,000 contract the district negotiated with a consulting firm earlier this year. McWilliams resigned earlier this month after spending several months on paid leave.

Garfield High shifts schedules to keep teacher at school (KPLU): Staff and administrators at Garfield High School have proposed sending five teachers out of the building for one class period each in an effort to keep a teacher from being forced out of the school. The district is still decided whether to accept the plan.

CA schools plan to target “long-term English learners” (LA Times): A new law in California has many districts working to identify students who have been in the state for seven or more years and are still struggling to learn English.

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