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Dawn Urbanek June 10, 2014 at 07:01 pm
We have to make people aware that our State is run by public employee Unions and we need court casesRead More like today which ruled that the California Teacher Tenure rules are unconstitutional so that we can change laws and vote people out of office who do not represent the interests of the public who pay the taxes.
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 01:19 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | <a href='http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/' > http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/home.html</a>
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 01:20 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com
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Ken Mortland November 11, 2013 at 08:36 am
Education has historically been primarily a state function. Federal involvement has been limited toRead More interventions directed at assuring all students have free and equal access to a state's educational resources. With the creation of a Dept. of Education within the cabinet of the Executive Branch, the federal government has taken a much more directive approach to educational policy. Forbidden to order educational policies be adopted by states, the federal government induces adoption by means of requirements to receive federal funding. That has changed the landscape of educational services in America. Prior to adoption of the Common Core State Standards for Math and Reading, Washington state had spent several millions of dollars and invested thousands of hours of research & development upon its own Math and Reading Standards, as well as most other subject. I believe, as do many of my peers, that this effort was fruitful and created a viable set of state standards. The state spent further sums of money to develop, field test, and implement its own subject assessments in Math, Reading, and Writing. Called the WASL (Washington Assessment of Student Learning), it was far superior to the multiple choice bubble tests that are common in standardized testing. All that work is now swept aside by new leaders, wishing to establish their credentials as reformers and disdaining without examination the work already done in Washington as being "a mile wide and an inch deep." Test and textbook publishers have been pushing and helping fund the efforts to convert to CCSS, largely because they stand to earn billions rolling out new products. I fear this movement will actually kill the innovative capabilities of our educational system by constricting efforts within predetermined boundaries of CCSS. The flexibility to teach in response to the needs and circumstances of a community will be overridden by the requirement to teach in response only to a set of national standards that have never been field tested. Our country's individualistic nature is being solidified into a lock step national nature. Heaven help those who don't fall into step with the new order.
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Kathleen Moss September 23, 2013 at 09:27 am
Exploitation, hyper-sexualization,objectification...the adjectives go on and on...all of theseRead More practices hurt females from birth to death. (Little boys are in these "competitions" as well.) We don't let our children have childhoods anymore....mass media holds a majority of the blame, esp. in the advent of reality tv. The only thing real about all of this is m o n e y! Shame on the parents and caregivers who profit off of their children. It is truly a form of prostitution...how sad that they don't realize this. Don't get me started on how easy it is for pedophiles to frequent these pageants, fashion shows, etc. where parents have these young innocents prancing around on stage acting as if they're auditioning for a spot at strip joint. No morals anymore, just the big green god...$$$. I lived in the South for many years and observed how poor families would enter their kids, infants on up. Many were doing so because they believed their child was the cutest baby around...God knows I saw plenty of beautiful children...then there were many entering as a means to supplement their incomes. The latter are the ones who get sucked into this dirty business of "pageantry ". Our sons and daughters have enough to contend with in this world, we can't let this industry continue to destroy so many innocents. I do agree with the French on this subject. No c'est la vie here.
Vita Shubin, Redmond High School (Courtesy LWSD)
Ken Mortland July 24, 2013 at 08:11 am
Congratulations to Rachel, Vita, & Amanda. National Merit Scholarships are not easy to earn.
Jeanne Gustafson July 24, 2013 at 08:21 am
Agreed, Ken. I'm really impressed that we have three in our district this year!
Kirkland parent July 20, 2013 at 10:15 am
Questions: The previous superintendent new the district would eventually switch from a three yearRead More high school to a four year high school when the remodel for Lake WA High School began. Knowing that, WHY DIDN'T the district design ands create a new high school that would ACCOMMODATE the increase in students THEN, INSTEAD of asking for more money for addition space to be built? Where was the foresight and planning?
Northlake Unitarian Universalist will be the site of the New L&E Academy. Photo courtesy Northlake Unitarian.
Allena Bassett July 17, 2013 at 10:51 am
I was quite intrigued to learn more about your school after reading about it here in the KirklandRead More Patch; however, I was deeply saddened and disappointed to find that the only representation of people of color on your entire site have their faces cropped off. Very sad indeed. Any institution that promotes an image void of people of ethnicity is sorely lacking in innovation.
Not Amused May 9, 2013 at 03:52 pm
This is disgusting, and school administrators should be ashamed at themselves for making excuses andRead More allowing this to continue, particularly for a school district that claims to have launched a large anti-bullying initiative. The Facebook page is currently "friended" by boys whose names (and even employers) are clearly visible to anyone who bothers to look. Not exactly anonymous as the school claims. Regardless of where they are posting this information from, as far as I am concerned rating of students on the singular reason of hotness consists of online bullying, and the students involved should be expelled. On the plus side they've given my "hot" daughter a good idea of who not to date. Now that more and more colleges are looking at Facebook pages it will be interesting to see what the colleges think of these students online activity since the high school does not seem to care.
Not Amused May 9, 2013 at 04:23 pm
For anyone with questions this is the school districts cyber bullying policy:Read More http://www.k12.wa.us/SafetyCenter/InternetSafety/default.aspx Things to note: Girls on this list do not choose to be on this list and have no say in having someone vote over them based on their looks. This list contains a "losers" bracket. At many points this lists falls into "electronic name-calling, shunning and shaming" which based on their the school's own policy "are all forms of cyberbullying." Many Juanita students have gone to their teachers and administrators over issues regarding this list that have come up during school hours (this was also sited by Seattle Times report). These include gossip, hurt feelings, fights between friends which both fits the definition of bullying and "disrupts the orderly operation of school" which allows the school to become involved. One may think this is a case of boy being boys. But school should be a safe environment for all. Kirkland made the national news for this just this morning. Is this what you want your town to be known for?
Lynne Fries May 14, 2013 at 10:17 pm
Considering the fact that many of the students in the "Leadership Class" are the same onesRead More involved in May Madness, this solution is a joke and shows just how interested the administration at JHS is in actually addresseng this. How disappointing.
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