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March 6, 2014 at 5:57 AM

Northwest Center Kids program: Leadership needed from José Banda

Seattle Public Schools’ Superintendent José Banda made a poorly thought-out decision to evict (on very short notice) an excellent nonprofit program for infants and toddlers with disabilities, The Northwest Center Kids program [“Northwest Center Kids deserves more time to find new home,” Opinion, Feb. 13]. He did this in order to house another very…

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0 Comments | More in Education | Topics: Cascade Parent Partnership, Kevin Cole, Northwest Center Kids

June 17, 2013 at 6:03 AM

Special education

Future looks bright Fortunately, no one involved with special education in Seattle Public Schools was be surprised at the recent report from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) [“Editorial: Not-so-special education,” Opinion, June 9]. Also fortunately: Since July 2012 — when José Banda became Superintendent — he and district staff have been working…

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0 Comments | Topics: schools, Seattle Public Schools, special education

June 16, 2013 at 7:31 AM

Teachers protest transfer of colleague

Reinstate Jon Greenberg Seattle Public Schools’ Superintendent José Banda made a decision earlier this month to shut down a popular and thought-provoking race and social-justice course at the Center School and discipline the award-winning teacher based on the complaints of one white family [“Seattle school district releases investigation of Center School teacher,” seattletimes.com, June 12]….

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0 Comments | Topics: class, controversial, course

June 12, 2013 at 6:03 AM

Next Generation Science in schools

Invest in clean energy first How can we expect students to get excited about learning sciences when half our politicians deny the truth of the most significant scientific finding of all time? [“Let’s dazzle them with science,” Opinion, June 11.] We need to move investments into production of clean-energy technology like solar, wind, geothermal and efficiency,…

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0 Comments | More in Education, Education reform | Topics: education, schools, science

June 9, 2013 at 7:39 AM

Teachers protest transfer of colleague

Reinstate Jon Greenberg I am not a teacher, but I’ve had a few good ones — very few. And Jon Greenberg sounds like the best [“Teacher’s transfer protested at board meeting,” NWThursday, June 6].To censure him or punish him for challenging students to be honest and think critically is uncalled for. What a travesty and…

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0 Comments | More in Education, Education reform | Topics: education, Jon Greenberg, race

June 7, 2013 at 7:57 AM

Teachers protest transfer of colleague

Leave teachers who teach It is surprising that a high-school teacher at an alternative high school in Seattle can be transferred because one student’s family is uncomfortable with his “Courageous Conversations” class on racial and social-justice issues [“Teacher’s transfer protested at board meeting,” NWThursday, June 6]. They only filed two complaints against this teacher, and…

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0 Comments | More in Education, Education reform | Topics: education, protest, race

June 7, 2013 at 7:01 AM

Special education in schools

A lesson on speaking out My daughter is a provisional special-education teacher of autistic children at a local public elementary school [“State instructs Seattle schools to fix problems in its special ed,” page one, June 2]. She was advised that the school district was not going to renew her contract. The school did not give her…

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0 Comments | More in Education, Education reform | Topics: education, Seattle Public Schools, special education

June 7, 2013 at 6:03 AM

Teaching math in school

Textbooks are supplementary Many teachers feel very insecure with their own mathematical skills and they need service training or additional college courses in mathematics and in mathematics education [“Bring back real math to Seattle,” Opinion, June 5]. A good, well-trained teacher will teach good mathematics no matter what text is used. In my opinion, a text…

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0 Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, math, mathematics

June 6, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Special ed in schools

State has a lot of work to do I applaud the state Office of Public Instruction’s move to hold Seattle Public Schools responsible for its lack of accountability and effectiveness in educating students with special needs [“State instructs Seattle schools to fix problems in its special ed,” page one, June 2]. I agree with Doug Gill,…

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0 Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, Seattle Public Schools, special education

March 25, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Seattle Public Schools’ Courageous Conversations curriculum

Lessons have power to change hearts and minds I am writing in wholehearted support of Jon Greenberg and his Citizenship & Social Justice course at the Center School [“We shouldn’t be afraid to have Courageous Conversations,” Opinion, March 21]. My son graduated from the Center School in 2007. He was a student in Greenberg’s Poetry…

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0 Comments | More in Children, Education, Race, Seattle School Board, Teachers | Topics: Courageous Conversations, Seattle Public Schools

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