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News and conversation about Seattle Public Schools. Contact us hello@seattlehallpass.orgLeave us a voicemail https://www.speakpipe.com/seattlehallpass

Seattle Hall Pass Podcast Christie Robertson & Jane Tunks Demel

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 26 Ratings

News and conversation about Seattle Public Schools. Contact us hello@seattlehallpass.orgLeave us a voicemail https://www.speakpipe.com/seattlehallpass

    E44 - What Do Other Districts Do?

    E44 - What Do Other Districts Do?

    This is a new segment called "What Do Other Districts Do?" In this episode, we discuss how other districts handle school closures and how often other districts have school board meetings.See our Show NotesContact us at hello@seattlehallpass.orgSupport the Show.Music by Sarah, the Illstrumentalist, logo by Carmen Lau-Woo.Sign up for our newsletter

    • 17 min
    E43 - Seattle School Closures, Past and Present

    E43 - Seattle School Closures, Past and Present

    This is a video! See the video here!In 2005, Seattle Public Schools was projecting falling enrollment, and over the ensuing years, 11 schools were closed. But it turned out that the projections were wrong, and SPS needed to reopen most of the buildings. New Seattle Hall Pass contributor Dawson Nichols spoke to four people who were there - Kay Smith-Blum, Leslie Harris, Sue Peters, and Dora Taylor. Note that these interviews were recorded before the June 10 school board meeting had been m...

    • 34 min
    E42 - School closures: SPS finally engages

    E42 - School closures: SPS finally engages

    See our Show NotesContact us hello@seattlehallpass.orgSchool Closure Community Engagement Meetings, May 28 - June 1. In this episode of the Seattle Hall Pass podcast, Christie Robertson and Jane Tunks Demel discuss the recent community meetings held by Seattle Public Schools regarding the proposed closure of 20 out of 73 elementary schools by the 2025-26 school year. They report on the first meeting at Roosevelt High School, which was poorly received due to lack of information and engagement,...

    • 37 min
    E41 - Community Speaks, School Board Silent (May 22 board meeting)

    E41 - Community Speaks, School Board Silent (May 22 board meeting)

    Seattle School Board Meeting of May 22, 2024. Guardrails on school discipline and welcoming environments will not be met, but this is not discussed. Testimony dominates the meetings, focused on tensions with the administration at Pathfinder K-8, and fears of looming school closures.See our Show NotesContact us hello@seattlehallpass.orgSupport the Show.Music by Sarah, the Illstrumentalist, logo by Carmen Lau-Woo.Sign up for our newsletter

    • 14 min
    E40 - There Is Not a List, Part 2: 20 Schools to Close (May 8 school board meeting)

    E40 - There Is Not a List, Part 2: 20 Schools to Close (May 8 school board meeting)

    Christie Robertson & Jane Tunks Demel discuss the Seattle School Board Meeting of May 8, 2024, wherein the board agreed to entertain a plan to close 20 elementary schools. The list is coming June 10, 2024.Disclaimer: Each person's opinion is their ownSee our extensive Show NotesContact us at hello@seattlehallpass.orgSupport the Show.Music by Sarah, the Illstrumentalist, logo by Carmen Lau-Woo.Sign up for our newsletter

    • 40 min
    E39 - Community Engagement Is Coming, Says Board President Rankin

    E39 - Community Engagement Is Coming, Says Board President Rankin

    Show NotesContact UsSchool Board President Liza Rankin shares the Seattle School Board’s immediate plans for community engagement to help inform the district's new Strategic Plan.Support the Show.Music by Sarah, the Illstrumentalist, logo by Carmen Lau-Woo.Sign up for our newsletter

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

Rang Tracinya ,

So thorough!

This podcast is really in-depth and super useful for those of us who can’t wade through two hours of school board meetings every few weeks. Keep doing what you’re doing!

Incredibly Important! ,

Incredible Insight And Hard Work!

This podcast is so helpful and informative - an absolute must for any parent in the seattle public school system. I can’t recommend this podcast more highly!!

82 Caged Birds ,

A sorely needed and valuable resource for any SPS parent

Having a resource like this is long overdue and sorely needed. This podcast fills a niche in the Seattle education ecosystem that allows busy parents to better understand a complicated system with many moving pieces that directly affects and influences our children. Many thanks to these hosts whose work grants us more access to stay informed and engaged— which gives more opportunity for us to co-collaborate, give input, and take action— a much better alternative to becoming overwhelmed, burnt out, and tuning out trying to wade through it by ourselves.

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