|Community & Parents for Public Schools of Seattle
ACTION, PASSION & LEADERSHIP|
FOR EXCELLENT SEATTLE SCHOOLS FOR EVERY STUDENT
CPPS is a local, grassroots network of parents and community members working together to support and advocate for excellent public schools in our communities, and at the district, city and state levels.
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What's New for Seattle Parents
There is a lot of anticipation this spring, as some folks await assignment results from the new student assignment plan. The legislature kept us wondering what the funding situation would be, and we still don't know how contract negotiations or budget issues will play out in Seattle this year.
Will there be more RIFs? Will teacher contracts address What about principals? community engagement?
Now, more than ever, it's important for parents to be aware and involved.
There are some opportunities ahead:
Sat., April 24 - Aki Kurose Middle School, 3928 S. Graham
Come to the Family Engagement Symposium, featuring Dr. Susan Enfield, SPS Chief Academic Officer. There will be workshops on strategies to support learning, activities for children, and food! This event is FREE to families!
May, date TBD - CPPS Annual Meeting
Learn about advocacy opportunities and let us know "What Parents Want" in Seattle schools!
Interest in Contract Negotiations Is Increasing
|We Want Community Involvement|
and parent involvement in the upcoming labor contract negotiation between
Seattle Public Schools and the Seattle teacher's union is
a new coalition in town, and they are making waves with their recommendations
for the soon-to-be negotiated teachers' contract.
been involved for over a
discussing ways to improve teacher
quality and make sure parent voices are heard during negotiation of the this
year's labor contract between the Seattle Education Association (Seattle
teacher's union) and Seattle Public Schools. We gave
voice to the parent leaders who initially lobbied last year to
National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) to Seattle to
analyze how well our teachers and district are serving students. In addition,
with several parent-driven and community organizations to release a Community Values Statement in
statement highlights the need for improvements to teacher AND principal quality
(based on the findings of the NCTQ report), and it also stresses the importance
of engagement and communication with families.
Schools Coalition is
extending these community efforts in their release
of a list
of issues they hope to see addressed in the new teacher labor contract. The
Coalition outlines specific contract goals, reflective
of many of
the ideas contained in the Community Values Statement. For a complete list of
Coalition-supported proposed changes to the teacher contract and a list of
Coalition members click here.
CPPS is interested in the work of the Our Schools Coalition, but our work is about more than
just trying to change the way teachers are hired, fired and
must be involved in school leadership and policy decisions. CPPS and our
partners believe that the School Board should improve transparency
around the contract negotiations, highlighting district priorities, and sharing
outcomes with the community. They should solicit public
feedback before, during, and
process, since our teacher and principal contracts govern the lion's share of
what happens in our classrooms and schools. We will
continue to work to make sure Seattle Schools
officials engage in meaningful two-way communication with families so that
families have a voice when major decisions are made, and
hope the Our Schools Coalition will do the same.
parents and the public CAN have a say in the negotiation of our teacher labor
contract. CPPS hopes that you will take this opportunity to review the
Community Values Statement and the Our Schools Coalition's suggestions for
changes to the teacher contract. Let us know what you think. Contact Stephanie Jones, with
|From the League of Education Voters (LEV)
a brief summary of what was fought for and achieved during the
Protected vital education programs:
closed tax loopholes and raised taxes on some services and discretionary
like cigarettes, candy, pop and beer to prevent even more drastic cuts
plan to improve basic education funding:
fund more basic education costs currently paid for
levies, In fall of 2011, we'll get the first down
payment in a
multi-year plan to dramatically increase state funding for basic
education through 2018. (House Bill 2776)
A broad coalition of parents, educators and
and community leaders worked to pass reforms to improve Washington's
schools and help our state win a federal Race to the Top grant. The
help our teachers and principals be more effective and turnaround
low-performing schools. (Senate Bill 6696)
childhood care and education programs:Funding was maintained for
low-income families to afford child care to work or
school. We helped establish an early learning program to
three- and four-year-olds from low-income families by the 2018-19 school
The state will also consider making early learning part of basic
(House Bill 2731 and Senate Bill 6759)
aid for college students:
The State Need Grant, which helps
than 70,000 students attend college, received no cuts and the majority
State Work Study program was saved. However, higher education budgets
by 6% at 4-year universities and 3.5% at 2-year colleges, which will
fewer course offerings and student support services.
A Grant for Your School?
Seattle Public Utilities is offering up to 10 $2000 School Waste and Recycling grants -- Check out their program here
. Maybe you can get your school greener with an SPU grant!
Through forums, study groups, newsletter communications and more, CPPS brings parents and community members together to discuss issues, get informed, engage, advocate and lead for excellent public education in Seattle.
We need your participation. Contact us for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
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