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Ken Mortland January 16, 2014 at 11:13 am
Liv: Interesting posting. Thank you for sharing both your thoughts and access to the actual courtRead More order. Some comments seem appropriate. 1) You claim the legislature added $1.6 billion to basic ed. But, the Supreme Court seems to disagree with you. They acknowledge only $982 million and point out that this figure is debatable. 2) You claim the per pupil allocation in 2013-15 is $7,279 and that this is a record high. OSPI reports the 2013-15 allocation per pupil at $6,817. I’m still researching the “record high” comment. 3) I’m glad you acknowledge that $3400 in additional funds from local and federal tax payers and other sources are acquired. It those local fund spent on basic education to which the Supreme Court objects. 4) I’m puzzled by your comment, “… judges … proposed detailed spending increases of their own.”. I can only find estimates from the Joint Task Force on Education Funding’s comments about what it would take in future biennial budgets. Perhaps you’d be willing to share what you claim the court proposed? 5) Then Att. Gen. Rob McKenna , during his campaign for governor, proposed diverting increased revenue, as the state’s economy recovered, into funding education. He proposed neither cuts nor tax increases. It’s unclear if the court is prepared to wait that long and the beneficiaries of programs that would not see their funding increased to pre-recession levels would probably argue that those were cuts. Ken Mortland, Kirkland, Mainstream Republicans of Washington Board Member, WEA-Retired VP.
Ken Mortland June 22, 2013 at 03:39 pm
The NCTQ has been around since 2000. It has an impressive board, staff, & advisers. TheRead More research they've conducted here is complex and I have not analyzed it in any detail. They may be describing the situation accurate and they may not. I note only two things at this stage. One, schools who chose not to participate are rated right along with those that did participate. I have to wonder about the completeness of the information used to rate those not participating. Two, of 25 members on their board of advisers, 17 have ties to private corporations & for-profit companies that stand to profit from the implementation of changes, or belong to institutions already on record as being critical of American educational institutions. With that back ground, what were the chance its report would be anything but critical of teacher certification programs. We shall have to watch this particular reform endeavor carefully. It may yet provide valuable input; then again it may not.
Ken Mortland June 7, 2013 at 09:06 am
So, now the question is, "Will the Senate make a move toward the House budget and offer moreRead More resources and revenue? Or, will they simply sit back and wait for the House to cut more?"
Liv Finne June 3, 2013 at 07:23 pm
Ken: Here is a link to the State Board of Education's May 9 decision to weight performanceRead More indicators 60% for student growth and 40% for proficiency on state tests in elementary and middle schools. See top of second page here: http://www.sbe.wa.gov/documents/05.08.2013Highlights.pdf
Ken Mortland June 3, 2013 at 08:41 pm
Thanks, Liv. Wording seems somewhat convoluted, but that could be my lack of experience readingRead More "boardroomese".
Liv Finne June 4, 2013 at 07:19 am
Ken, the link I sent you was to one document. At the top of the second page of that document appearsRead More this description of their decision on May 9: Page 2 May 8 - 9 Board Meeting Highlights Washington State Board of Education Board discussion focused on the question of weighting and setting a high bar for Exem plary schools. The Board agreed to the following weighting of performance indicators: 60 percent growth, 40 percent proficiency for non - high schools; 33 percent growth, 33 percent proficiency, and 33 percent career and college readiness for high schools. The Board decided to limit the Exemplary category of schools to the top five percent of schools on the overall Index, with the added condition that no school may score below a seven on the proficiency rating . The Board approved a letter for the AAW that asks for their input on the final model Index prior to submitting it to the US Department of Education at the end of June, 2013.
Ken Mortland May 3, 2013 at 01:21 pm
Liv: How do you feel about the possibility that the Charter School Commission may authorizeRead More charters on a first come, first serve basis? That would open the door for authorizing a bunch of schools now and dropping them into slots, as they come up in future years.
Ken Mortland May 2, 2013 at 03:14 pm
The second meeting of the commission took place last Tuesday, Apr. 30th. Here is my report fromRead More that meeting. Ken Mortland, Mainstream Republicans of Washington Board Member, WEA-Retired VP WA State Charter School Commission, Apr. 30, 2013   Spent several hours on April 30th at the second meeting of the WA State Charter Schools Commission.   Good News:  The nine commissioners seem like good people and they are taking their job seriously.  There was good dialogue on issues and some interesting presentations.  It is also nice that “public comment” is scheduled at the meeting and at a reasonably early time of the agenda.   Worrysome News:  It’s looking like authorization of charter schools may be on a “first come-first serve” basis, which may well lead to a rush of applications and not a series of well thought out and prepared applications.  It was a concern of several commentaries and a subject of dialogue later in the day.  And, it places a particular burden upon the process of vetting the applications.   Interesting presentation from Robin Lake of the Center for Reinventing Public Education at the Bothell campus of the University of Washington.  A bit of history, some encouraging statistical charters on levels of success, and curious mention of three charter school providers (KIPP, Rocketship, & Aspire).   
Kathleen S May 5, 2013 at 02:01 pm
An area of concern: Steve Sundquist is now sitting on the Charter Commission. Sundquist sat onRead More the Seattle Public School Board. While sitting on the board, the State Auditor charged the board with failure to oversee district operations and putting public assets "at risk". The district also had a scandal involving $1.8M on Sundquist's watch. I'm concerned about Sundquist's appointment.
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