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it's wonderful what the teachers are doing, encouraging kids who they can be pretty sure wouldn't seek out orchestra on their own. but it's certainly going to be a process, and it is important to keep in mind that the school did undergo a huge change this past year. those ladies are wonderful teachers and really care about their kids, keep it up. :)
actually it's also very Asian. What's their excuse?
I'm pretty sure it was free - if there was a charge, it would have had to have been almost nothing for my dad to pay it. I know the instrument rental was cheap. I think it was $2.50 per semester.
They probably still do that. Iowa funds its schools extremely well.
Outrageous! We can't have standards that don't allow failure to mimic success!
Maybe it has something to do with better values?
Not at all...I live in North Seattle. The only black people I meet are doctors, lawyers and other professionals which is how I like it. Do you think all these white folk live north of the ship canal for the 'diversity'?
Those Roosevelt and Garfield kids come from somewhere - it is feeder schools like Washington that keep those programs alive.
But don't ask the general public to either be gracious about praising them nor generous in funding them. We'd rather accuse the teachers of bias (as if segregation in Seattle is their fault), malfeasance, cheating test scores, and organizational incompetence. Teachers cheating standardized tests? Front page. Teachers getting legitimate, hard-earned gains in test scores? Back page... if at all.
I'm glad The Stranger is willing to correct the record and give these hard-working teachers credit!
when our kids start murdering each other, joining gangs, dealing dope, having babies all over the place with multiple partners, have explosive rates of STDs and generally becoming menaces to society, feel free to come up to Wallingford and chastise our kids.