The Washington State Charter School Commission will host nine public forums around the state this month regarding the 19 charter school proposals it is considering. The first one is Monday afternoon in Spokane.
Each forum will focus on up to three proposals, and begin with a presentation from the charter applicants.
On the first day of world history class this year at Foster High School, students filed into Andy Giron’s classroom to find someone unexpected: a relatively young teacher compared to the rest of the faculty, playing music, dancing and dropping beats. His inviting smile radiated excitement.
David Montoya graduated from Foster High School in Tukwila, Wash., in 1989. The school was once surrounded by farms and orchards, and Montoya estimated that he was from one of maybe 10 minority families at the time.
Montoya’s son Max now attends the school, and it looks a lot different now. Minorities make up 71 percent of the student body, and The New York Times estimates that Foster is in the most diverse school district in the nation.
Editor’s Note: This story has been changed to strengthen its focus on student data privacy. The original version, which contained more specifics from an agreement between the state schools office and The Seattle Times, left some of our readers mistakenly believing that their children’s names and Social Security numbers had been released to the Times. While the story did not say that, we want to remove any doubts. The agreement can be viewed below.
KUOW has learned that the Washington state education department has signed agreements to share non-public student data with media organizations including The Seattle Times and The Associated Press.