(from David Elliott's blog)
An agreement between the Seattle Education Association (SEA)—the teacher’s union—and Seattle Public Schools (SPS) has provided us with a unique opportunity to shape our school in ways that were not possible previously. The Creative Approach Schools (CAS) agreement will go into effect in school year 2013-2014 and will give schools the ability to waive School Board policies or SEA contractual agreements that will provide much more autonomy regarding curriculum, assessment, school hours, hiring and budget practices. I have mentioned this proposed agreement several times at PTA Board meetings and other QAE events and it has finally come to fruition. As with any change there are plenty of questions, regulations and timelines that we will need be on top of and with that in mind Amy Janas, the parent representative on our QAE Building Leadership Team (BLT), has prepared a website that will provide more background, links to pertinent documents, dates for informational meetings and some opinion pieces already published. What would change be without a boatload of Seattleites sharing their opinions? One of the most critical factors that both SPS and SEA will be considering when proposals are submitted is the amount and authenticity of community involvement. This is not a QAE staff discussion; this is a QAE community discussion so the time to get informed and involved is now. The most pertinent dates and links are below:
Our own CAS website is here.
The first SPS sponsored informational meeting is Tuesday, April 3rd at:
John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence (JSCEE)
2445 Third Ave South
Seattle, WA 98134
The first QAE sponsored informational meeting is Wednesday, April 4th at:
Please let David Elliott know if you would like to attend either event - firstname.lastname@example.org
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