Linda Shaw has a must read article in the Seattle Times about proposed changes in the Seattle School District. In Changes Proposed for Seattle Schools Shaw reports:
Seattle Public Schools may close another school next fall, and add or move programs as it works to ease overcrowding, expand popular offerings and fulfill its promise to offer challenging courses at all schools.
In discussions with the School Board, district administrators have raised the possibility of closing Alternative School No. 1, the oldest public alternative school in the city, although a number of board members Wednesday night doubted whether that would be fair or smart, given that there might not be room for those students at nearby alternative schools.
The other proposal under consideration is to give the school more time to attract more students. Alternative School No. 1, which has about 150 students this year, has been threatened with closure several times over the past few years.
To ease overcrowding at Garfield High, administrators are looking at opening a new program at Ingraham High aimed at attracting some of the gifted students who otherwise would be assigned to Garfield.
The proposed new program would be modeled after one at Interlake High School in Bellevue, where students finish the rigorous International Baccalaureate program by the end of their junior year, then do internships or take college classes as seniors.
There’s also talk of adding six more international schools over the next three years, places where students can learn a second language by spending a part of their day in classes where teachers speak only Chinese or Spanish or Japanese.
It’s unclear how much money the district might have for any of these proposals. It is expecting to lose as much as $11 million to $12 million in state funding alone, and maybe more….
Some of the other proposals under discussion:
• Opening a new program for elementary-school students who are learning to speak English at Viewlands Elementary, one of the schools closed a few years ago. The district would close the English program that now exists at John Stanford International School.
• Expanding the classes offered at the Secondary Bilingual Orientation Center, the school where older immigrants go to learn English. The idea is to offer enough classes so that students can stay at the center through high school. The district is talking about phasing in that new program, starting with ninth-graders next fall.
• In addition to starting a new gifted program at Ingraham, that school may be one of the new international schools and house a new career-and-technical-education program.
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