Seattle teachers are expected to reject the school district’s latest contract offer at its meeting Monday evening, but the superintendent suggests the district is ready to deal on some key sticking points.
Seattle Public Schools wants to add a half-hour to the school day for elementary students by as early as the next school year. But the district must first align a number of variables, including funding and union support.
Backers of a measure to allow charter schools in Washington are scheduled to turn in their petition signatures Friday. Meanwhile, a pilot project designed in part to short-circuit the argument for charter schools was blocked Thursday in court.
A full slate of public testimony is expected at tonight's school board meeting in Seattle. The board is voting on a controversial proposal to allow new recruits from a national organization called Teach for America into Seattle's public schools. The program places top college grads – who don't have traditional teaching certificates - in underperforming schools.