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School Notes | Teacher walkout set for May 19th

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  • Bike to School Day: Just a brief reminder to be extra careful on the roadways this fine Wednesday. It’s Bike to School Day 2015.
  • Teacher walkout: Seattle Public School teachers have set May 19th as the date they’ll join districts from around the state in a series of walkouts to protest tight purse strings in Olympia… and Washington D.C., for that matter:
    The Seattle Education Association (SEA) has voted to join in a statewide action against the legislature to protest the lack of education funding in our state. SEA is the organization of professionals and union that represents teachers in our district. This protest involves a one-day walkout.
  • Testing opt outs: Last month, CHS reported on Garfield High’s decision to delay Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium testing after a mass opt-out at the school. The final tally came in at 95% of Garfield juniors opting out of the non-mandatory test that, to many, represents the worst in standardized testing. But Capitol Hill’s NOVA high school has gone Garfield one better in the protest department. 100% of 10th and 11th graders reportedly have opted out from the test at the 20th Ave campus.
  • New bell times: Seattle Public Schools is looking for feedback on its three proposals for a new bell schedule starting next school year. Best part of the proposal is that one of the options is to do nothing.
    As part of the Seattle Public Schools Bell Time Analysis, a survey is now available until May 10 for all parents, staff and members of the community to collect their input on possible bell time changes for schools.  The District would like your input because a change in the start and end time for a school day has the potential to affect the entire community.Visit to take the survey in one of ten available languages.Bell Times Options for Feedback 4_22_15
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