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Feb 24 WestSeattleDan commented on Governor Jay Inslee Issues Executive Order Blocking State from Participating in Federal Immigration Raids, Religious Registry.
RCW 43.01.020 Oath of Office -- I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution and laws of the state of Washington and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of the office of Governor of the state of Washington to the best of my ability. .... A violation of the oath of office is an offense that can lead to recall from office. The oath mentions nothing about following federal laws; it does mention support of US Constitution. Is Gov. Inslee's action to block the executive order on immigration a violation of his oath of office? .... next thought=> McCleary case showed clear violation of state constitution yet this violation was sanctioned by the Supreme Court. Were the Gov. the Judges, and members of state house and senate all in violation of their oath of office? If so why did no one begin a recall action?
Jan 27 WestSeattleDan commented on Seattle Mayor Ed Murray: "We Will Not Be Intimidated by the Authoritarian Message Coming from This Administration.".
I am confused. Is Mayor Murray in violation of a US Law?

If he is violating US Law, then he is in violation of his oath of office.
Such a violation makes him subject to a recall filing.

Is Mayor Murray above the current US Laws?

What does the law actually say?
Sep 15, 2015 WestSeattleDan commented on Voices from the Picket Lines: Garfield High School.
kerala wants six more Board members like Sue Peters.

A good start on that will be electing Rick Burke and Jill Geary.
Please vote for those two.
Sep 15, 2015 WestSeattleDan commented on Voices from the Picket Lines: Garfield High School.
Hey I think everyone should be up in arms about Professional Development, which is a top-down waste in most cases.

http://mathunderground.blogspot.com/2015…
Jul 14, 2015 WestSeattleDan commented on The Stranger's Endorsements for the August 2015 Primary Election!.
Wake up -- there are other Seattle School Board races.
Vote for Rick Burke in position 2

http://www.rickburke4schools.com/

Jun 29, 2015 WestSeattleDan commented on Teaching Tribal History Is Finally Required in Washington Public Schools.
The Next Fight: Getting Teachers Across the State to Embrace the Curriculum

Really??? Say What?

The real fight should be to do something to confront the major problems confronting rural Indian kids as well as other Indian kids.... and the fight to get teachers to embrace the curriculum is largely a diversion from the real problems..... but in a State that is waiting until 2018 to fund education to meet constitutional requirements funding $300,000 for Indian curriculum is about what I would expect.
Jun 29, 2015 WestSeattleDan commented on Teaching Tribal History Is Finally Required in Washington Public Schools.
I've taught on the REZ at two locations and in another 75+% Native American public school.

Remember the absolute farce in regard to Seattle District Office's programs for Native kids a few years back.

If the goal is to improve the opportunity for Native Americans to get a quality education, then spending $300,000 on this program will hardly impact the huge problems in Indian Country. I do like the program and it may positively impact some students.

#1 The lowest tests scores are coming from rural schools on the Rez and schools like Chief Leschi, Lummi, Tahola, and White Swan many of which have more culturally relevant curriculum elements. Their test scores are low when compared with Indian kids in metropolitan areas.

#2 I would be a lot more impressed if the Governor and OSPI actually analyzed the problem and developed solutions....

#3 In looking up Lummi Schools under Ferndale SD on OSPI School Report Card, I found the following message:

Lummi Elementary School closed 10-23-2014
Lummi High School closed 10-23-2014
and yet these schools are still open and my buddy teaches at the high school and has a contract for next year.... So much for OSPI's School Report card's report on the demise of two schools.

Here are some MSP scores from Spring 2014

2013-14 MSP Results @Chief Leschi Schools (lots of culturally relevant activities)
Grade Level Reading Math
3rd Grade 45.3% 20.3%
4th Grade 38.1% 28.9%
5th Grade 58.7% 42.8%
6th Grade 41.6% 18.3%
7th Grade 35.7% 14.2%

State-wide results for all Native American & Alaska Native students =>

2013-14 MSP Results
Grade Level Reading Math
3rd Grade 49.7% 39.5%
4th Grade 46.0% 34.8%
5th Grade 52.6% 42.4%
6th Grade 49.1% 36.7%
7th Grade 43.4% 30.3%

Results for Native Americans & Alaska Natives in Seattle Schools =>

2013-14 MSP Results
Grade Level Reading Math
3rd Grade 45.4% 45.4%
4th Grade 50.0% 44.4%
5th Grade 57.1% 50.0%
6th Grade 53.3% 40.0%
7th Grade 41.9% 32.2%

Mount Adams SD @ White Swan (Yakima Nation)
2013-14 MSP Results
Grade Level Reading Math
3rd Grade 23.2% 20.0%
4th Grade 25.6% 20.5%
5th Grade 17.9% 7.6%
6th Grade 17.9% 12.8%
7th Grade SBAC SBAC

The results for rural schools in Indian Country are generally very poor ... yet our supposed education leaders have done nothing to positively effect any solutions. It is a really difficult situation with many causes. So does anyone care enough to improve this situation?

Gates Foundation participated in funding the Lummi Youth Academy for high school youth which has a residential component.

2013-14 MSP Results for Native Americans in all Ferndale Schools
Grade Level Reading Math
3rd Grade 40.0% 16.0%
4th Grade 33.3% 24.2%
5th Grade 18.1% 15.0%
6th Grade SBAC SBAC
7th Grade 46.8% 43.7%

2013-14 MSP Results for Native Americans in Marysville schools (Tulalip tribe)
Grade Level Reading Math
3rd Grade 43.8% 31.5%
4th Grade 38.3% 30.0%
5th Grade 32.5% 25.5%
6th Grade 41.1% 26.9%
7th Grade 37.2% 14.2%

2013-14 MSP Results for Native Americans in Tacoma Public Schools
Grade Level Reading Math
3rd Grade 48.5% 41.1%
4th Grade 61.9% 42.8%
5th Grade 65.3% 46.1%
6th Grade 47.3% 43.5%
7th Grade 53.5% 41.3%

So what is Tacoma doing in Reading?

Taholah SD 70+% Native and 80% poverty (free & reduced meals)

2013-14 MSP Results for all students in Taholah SD
Grade Level Reading Math
3rd Grade 33.3% 8.3%
4th Grade 66.6% 46.6%
5th Grade 35.7% 21.4%
6th Grade <5.0% <5.0%
7th Grade <5.0% <5.0%

In both reading and math of 12 sixth graders more than 95% did not meet standard.
In both reading and math of 15 seventh graders more than 95% did not meet standard.

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Jul 26, 2012 WestSeattleDan commented on The "Pedophile's Paradise".
The article incorrectly states that:
Servants of the Paraclete—is a Jesuit-run psychiatric facility for troubled priests in Jemez Springs, New Mexico.

It is not run by the Jesuits.
Try wikipedia for Servants of the Paraclete --- very interesting.
Mar 21, 2012 WestSeattleDan commented on Teach for America Signs Deal With Nation's Largest For-Profit Charter Schools Company.
Kitts you might profit from looking at Huntsville, Alabama's involvement with TFA.

http://www.rocketcitymom.com/?s=teach+fo…

Mar 21, 2012 WestSeattleDan commented on Teach for America Signs Deal With Nation's Largest For-Profit Charter Schools Company.
Kitts about those reputable studies look here =>

http://www.school-truth.com/TFA_letter_3…

Please note that the Mathematica study involved comparison with a group of teachers many of which did not meet certification requirements.

Seattle has a large supply of fully certificated teachers. The comparison group in the mathematica study was nothing like Seattle's situation.

TFA is a glorified well funded TEMP agency. Its product is not needed in Seattle.

The Board and Superintendent violated WAC 181-79A-231 to put this fiasco in place.