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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

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    • 5.0 • 21 Ratings

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

    E35 - Board Additions, Budget Revisions, and Plans to Engage - April 3 School Board Meeting

    E35 - Board Additions, Budget Revisions, and Plans to Engage - April 3 School Board Meeting

    In Episode 35, we cover the April 3 Seattle School Board meeting and the April 4 swearing-in of the new school board directors Sarah Clark (District 2) and Joe Mizrahi (District 4). We also discuss the budget work session, which included discussions around the 2024-25 school year and the 2025-26 school year. The scheduled progress monitoring session was canceled or postponed, and there was an unscheduled session outlining short-term and long-term community engagement plans. Look for school board directors to be coming to engage with you soon! Tune in on May 8 for the mostly-baked 2025-26 school consolidation and budget-cutting plan.

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    • 29 min
    E34 - Finalist Forum

    E34 - Finalist Forum

    The 8 finalists for the Seattle School Board Director positions for Director Districts 2 and 4 participated in a candidate forum moderated by two students, Aayush Muthuswamy and Semai Hagos.
    The finalists for District 2 are:
    Carol ThompsonSarah ClarkDanielle GahlShawn SullivanThe finalists for District 4 are:
    Rachelle OldenJoe MizrahiGabriella GonzalezLaura Marie RiveraSee our Show Notes
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    • 28 min
    E33 - Restarting Community Engagement

    E33 - Restarting Community Engagement

    Re: School Board Community Engagement Work Session, March 13, 2024 
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    Christie & Jane review and discuss major points from the March 13 community engagement work session. Topics covered:
    The 2024 Strategic Plan, Part 2 of Well-Resourced Schools Ongoing community engagementThanks to AJ Crabill for permission to use clips from his audiobook, Great on Their Behalf.
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    • 26 min
    E32 - Budget Limbo - How Low Can You Go?

    E32 - Budget Limbo - How Low Can You Go?

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    Christie & Jane  cover the Seattle School Board budget work session from March 20, 2024, where the Superintendent’s team outlined $111 million in budget cuts for the 2024-25 school year. School consolidations, bell times, and other changes for the 2025-26 school year will be previewed at the May 8 meeting.


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    • 40 min
    E31 - Turn Up the Volume on Student Voice, with Chetan Soni of the Washington Youth Alliance

    E31 - Turn Up the Volume on Student Voice, with Chetan Soni of the Washington Youth Alliance

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    Christie and Jane talk with Chetan Soni, an 18-year-old student and activist who has been a strong advocate for youth voice. We discuss mental health, gun violence, climate concerns, college and career readiness, and more.
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    • 32 min
    E30 - School Board Picks 8 Finalists for 2 Empty Seats

    E30 - School Board Picks 8 Finalists for 2 Empty Seats

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    At the March 13 Special School Board meeting, the 5 sitting directors narrowed down the finalists for Districts 2 and 4. The finalists will participate at a forum at Lincoln High School in Wallingford on March 27, start time TBD.


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    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

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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Great podcast

As a parent of students in Seattle Public Schools, I find this podcast very helpful in understanding what is happening in our district. The summaries and explanations are great.

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