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Mar 24 westello commented on What Local Art and Science Organizations Have to Gain from the Access for All Initiative.
Just to note from this week in Seattle Schools and the arts:

"The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and Seattle Public Schools (SPS), in partnership with the City of Seattle, will open up new career and college pathways for city youth to graduate from high school “Seattle Ready,” by establishing new media arts courses in the Seattle Public Schools Skills Center. Skills Center courses, taught by industry professionals, will enable students to be competitive in the local workforce and provide the opportunity to live and work in Seattle.

SPS has received a grant of $395,000 from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation to fund the creation of new Media Arts courses offered through the Seattle Public Schools Skills Center. The grant will be supplemented by an additional $175,000 from the City of Seattle. Providing an initial investment, this external financial support will lead to a sustainable program. The new Media Arts courses will begin in July and students can apply today."

Also,
"Responding to a student-led campaign to ask the Seattle community for donated instruments to support the Rainier Beach High School (RBHS) Music Program, E-commerce company, Amazon, will deliver more than 50 new instruments to RBHS. "

Amazon surprised the kids at RBHS on Tuesday.
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Mar 10 westello commented on How We Finally Know We're Old: Grunge Tours Are a Thing in Seattle.
Looking for a house, I toured one that had a basement with no windows, an oversized door, a small stage and a small audio room. We were told that one member of Pearl Jam used to own the house. I didn't buy it but it was cool. This was in Ravenna near Candy Cane Lane.
Feb 10 westello commented on The Morning News: State GOP Wants Seattle To Pay For Good Schools In Areas That Voted for Trump and Betsy DeVos.
To understand about what will happen - Puget Sound is wealthier than other parts of the state. But we all know that not everyone in Seattle is rich nor do they own homes.

Low-income folks and renters will get hit with these higher property taxes as well.

Do you rent? It's going to come to you as well via higher rents.

It will force out low-income folks even faster.

Also to note, many of these areas of the state that voted for Trump repeatedly will not support levies for their schools nor bond measures for school buildings. Those are one-off taxes that will help THEIR children and they refuse to say yes.
Feb 8 westello commented on Did You Miss the Appeals Court Hearing on Washington State vs. Trump? Here's What Happened and What People Are Saying.
To note, Trump did say that more Syrian Muslims were given refugee status than Christian Syrians so it would appear he favors one religious group over another.
Feb 8 westello commented on And Then They Came for Nordstrom....
1) if she pushes him to do the right thing, why doesn't he?
2) Nordstrom has built a brand loyalty that Trump could only dream of
3) He should know better; it's just business
Feb 1 westello commented on Dear Arts Institutions of Seattle: Set Aside Tickets for People Without Homes.
SAM just had a completely free weekend. It was great. They do that a least a couple times a year. The Fyre is free all the time.
Jan 18 westello commented on Betsy DeVos: We Need Guns In Schools to Protect Children From Grizzly Bears.
Of course, things with DeVos are much worse than just her stupid bear remark.

Watch Patty Murray try to get a straight answer out of her.

Watch Al Franken find that she does not know the difference between student growth and student proficiency (which would hurt kids at both ends of the learning spectrum.)

She's absolutely not qualified if only because she never went to public school nor did any of her children. Her experience with public schools has been her experimentation on OTHER people's children. With no great outcomes.

Jan 12 westello commented on Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher Dazzle in Bright Lights.
I saw this at a preview before they died and it is well worth seeing.
Jan 12 westello commented on Seattle Artist Akio Takamori Has Died.
I think he had great talent but man, I do not like the eyes on these things. There's a couple at the Computer Science building at UW and one little girl follows you with her eyes.

Oddly, there are a couple at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

Condolences to his family.
Jan 4 westello commented on Lindy West Quits Twitter: "It Is Unusable for Anyone But Trolls, Robots and Dictators".
That's an interesting statement about tweeting for free; I wonder what that ratio is. (I tweet for free as well.)

Because my Twitter account is about my work in public education, not as many trolls. However, I had two guys - one local and one in Minnesota - talking about where I lived. I tweeted them back that a public ed discussion is not where you threaten people. They both deleted their tweets. So a bit more orderly in my world. (I was surprised they went that far but the local guy would like me to go away. Naturally, like Lindy, I'm not going anywhere.)