Thursday, July 18, 2019

Seattle School Board Distrct 1 candidate's pages.

Christophersen - district 1 link

Thank you for your votes. We didn't make it to November but we are going to continue to fight for students and tax payers. Please check back for new post and great information. We will be making our recommendations for Novembers election sometime in September.

Kline - district 1 link

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Where's the Seattle Public Schools funding going?

                                          Seattle Public schools budget process.  

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The Strange Case of USDE OCR and Seattle Public Schools.

The United State Dept of Education recently released a new statement:


“From day one, our approach has been clear and unwavering: vigorously enforce civil rights laws, treat students as individuals, and resolve cases both efficiently and effectively,” said Secretary DeVos. “The backlog of cases we inherited should have troubled everyone, as we know justice delayed is justice denied. While many have tried to distort the nature of our approach, the numbers don’t lie. Our approach has been more effective at supporting students and delivering meaningful results.”

 See full statement

How is this statement relevant to Seattle Public schools?

Friday, July 12, 2019

Seattle Public Schools - Special education funding conundrum

From reading this blog you should be able to infer that we are interested in education with an emphasis on Specific Leaning Disabilities (SLD), which includes dyslexia. We believe that if the district would use better methodologies and curriculum designed to mainstream dyslexic students then that effort would result in better outcomes for students along will significant cost savings.  Freeing those funds to use elsewhere.

We are pleased to see the following statement on the SPS website:

Special Areas of Attention


"Special Education: The state’s Special Education budget increase is a down payment on a much-needed long term solution. Next year, Seattle Public Schools will receive an additional 2 million dollars for special education. Annually, the district spends 70 million dollars of local levy funds to provide the services our students need. While we appreciate the increase for Special Education, we continue to have grave concerns about the State’s slow pace in fully funding Special Education as is required by law."

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However, I have great concerns that SPS would not use all the funding for special education or would not use the additional funding properly.  More on that in a future post!

SPS provides little to no explanation on what they would do with more funding, they just continue to blame the poor academic outcomes of SPED students on lack of funding. It's not a funding issue that's for sure.

Here's the break down and remember these number do not include the general education funding that is allocated on top off the special educational funding. This is only the available SPED funding data.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Where do your Seattle property taxes go?

The chart below was calculated using the King county tax calculator.

Most Seattle home owners don't look at their property tax breakdown, but you should especially when bureaucrats keep asking for more and more property taxes for education.

Funding education is important and that's reflective being 49% of your property tax bill. Seattle Public Schools yearly operating budget is approaching $1.5 Billion.

 It is also significant to know that when you vote on Building Excellence levies (BEX) that the district consistently uses those funds for other purposes. Our school buildings average age is 48 years. We fully expect for the Seattle Public Schools to use those BEX funds to rebuild schools, especially the buildings that are over 65 years of age.

Seattle property values are at historical highs and there has never been more taxable housing units....So why is the Seattle School District struggling with funding? Where are all the funds going?

Monday, July 8, 2019


The spirit of the IDEA (Individuals With Disabilities Educational Act) was to protect FAPE (Free And Appropriate Public Education). Or was it?

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

USDE OSE rates WA OSPI as "needs assistance" with IDEA

June 20, 2019



Honorable Chris Reykdal Superintendent Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Mail stop: 47200. Old Capitol Building P.O. Box 47200 Olympia, WA 98504