Parents from the Northwest Center Kids preschool, who are upset over having to find a new home, plan to rally today at a Seattle School Board meeting. They want the district to “stop the clock” on its plans to take back the former North Queen Anne Elementary building on First Avenue West, which the Northwest Center has leased since…More
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After a daylong negotiation, the union representing about 450 bus drivers for Seattle Public Schools has reached a fully recommended tentative settlement with First Student, a private contractor that provides busing for the district. The agreement means that bus service will continue uninterrupted. Details of the agreement won’t be released until the full membership can set…More
The Seattle School Board Wednesday night streamlined the bus schedule for next year so that buses will arrive at schools at one of three times in the morning. The board approved the changes as part of a one-year plan that will trim about $3 million in transportation costs. Buses will arrive at most high schools and middle…More
Seattle Public Schools superintendent Jose Banda notified the district’s principals Tuesday afternoon that it will be up to them to decide whether to grant excused absences for students who attend the Seahawks victory parade on Wednesday.
Banda wrote in an email:
I want you to have the flexibility to do what you feel is best for your school community. Under state regulation, you do have the discretion to decide if students who miss school tomorrow for the parade will be considered unexcused or excused. I will support your decision.
Seattle Public Schools won’t close for the Seahawks victory parade on Wednesday, according to the district, which released a statement late Monday afternoon from superintendent José Banda: Parents who wish to take their students out of school can, but per state regulation, it will be treated as an unexcused absence. While we support the team,…More
First-grade teacher Crystalyn Burke’s students kicked their 12th Kid spirit into high gear with a Super Bowl video they made last week, set to Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York.” In the video, made with music teacher Melyssa Stone, kids race onto the playground, waving the “Super Bound” front page of The Seattle Times. They show their love for Seahawks…More
Since 1982, the Northwest Center’s child development program has leased the former North Queen Anne Elementary School from the Seattle school district. The district closed the school on First Avenue West in 1981 because of low enrollment, but now wants the building back to house a program that helps children who are home schooled. The Northwest…More
Washington state produced the largest number of new national board-certified teachers in the country this year. The state added 516 and now has the fourth largest number of board-certified teachers in the country at 7,333, according to figures released today by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Seattle’s national ranking among districts is 5th or 6th, depending on…More
Silas Potter Jr., the disgraced former head of a Seattle Public Schools small-business program, was sentenced to 43 months in prison today for a theft-and-kickback scheme tied to no-work contracts. “I let down a lot of people,” a contrite Potter told King County Superior Court Judge Michael Trickey, who imposed the sentence. Potter, 62, pleaded guilty in…More
A King County jury today found David A. Johnson guilty of three dozen criminal charges related to the theft of funds from a Seattle Public School District program designed to assist minority-owned businesses in receiving school-district contracts. Johnson was convicted of 30 counts of first-degree theft and six counts of second-degree theft, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. He will face…More