Veterans Day has passed so it’s now okay for me to come out of hiding. It’s been 60 years since I became a war veteran and for most of the last 50 years I’ve dodged Veterans Day, not because veterans don’t deserve recognition but because for many, the day has become a celebration of militarism. It should be a time of quiet reflection. War is hell and deserving of solemn remembrance.
The new state teacher evaluation system began with Engrossed Second Substitute Senate Bill 6696 from the 2010 legislative session. There had not been a change to the teacher evaluation system for over 25 years. The bill resulted in a change from a two-tiered rating system of satisfactory and unsatisfactory to a four-tiered evaluation system with ratings of unsatisfactory, basic, proficient and distinguished. The four-tiered rubric will allow the evaluator to provide feedback along a continuum, rather than just a simple satisfactory and unsatisfactory.
As a school board director for Arlington Public Schools, not many days go by without having a school related conversation with someone in the community. The topics and questions run the entire gamut from district policy to classroom concerns. However, inevitably, the discussion often turns to a question on everyone’s mind, “How did you get on the school board and what do you do?”
It's no secret that our state has serious deficiencies within its transportation grid.
Arlington Public Schools operates a fleet of 50 buses, to travel an average 3,347 miles each day to transport 2,040 students from the far reaches of our district: north to the Skagit County line, west past Silvana, east two thirds of the way to Darrington, and south to Getchel Road.
Washington State’s Early Learning Plan is a renewed effort to improve the services for our youngest learners. The vision statement, developed in 2010 as a collaborative effort between state and local stakeholders, captures the overarching purpose of the Washington State Early Learning Plan.