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FWAY: Ed Barney’s the better choice for school board

I’ve known Geoffery McAnalloy since 2008 as members/officers of the 30th Legislative District Democrats. Later, our children attended elementary school together. I’ve been acquainted with Ed Barney since 2011 through his service on the Federal Way School Board. In our first conversation he defined himself as “conservative” in contrast to my “progressiveness.”

When I review my acquaintanceship with both candidates, it becomes clear to me that Barney is the correct choice for the District 1 position on the board.

I’m a regular attendee of both board meetings and work studies. I remember clearly after two work studies that Barney asked

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SCHOOLS: Families pay for those furlough days

How is it that the collective memory is so short that the impending furlough days for the next several school years is forgotten by most? (There are 3.5 in the Federal Way School District for each of the next two years.)

Parents will have to arrange something for seven half-days of early dismissal; there’s no other way to still fulfill the “180 school day” requirement.

Just how much IS a pay cut of 3.5 days for schoolteachers? ( Do the math: Take what you’re currently earning in yearly gross pay, divide by 180, then multiply by 3.5. A significant number

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FEDERAL WAY: Revisit district’s acceleration policy

Something is wrong with the Federal Way School District’s Academic Acceleration Policy.

The district claims that “the number of students enrolled in advanced classes nearly doubled when the new policy was implemented.” What is not mentioned is that this increase includes students who haven’t actually “demonstrated acquisition of required knowledge skills” as demonstrated through the state standardized test and required by the district policy.

At Thomas Jefferson High School, almost the entire freshman and sophomore classes (1,010 students) were placed in “accelerated” classes with no distinction being made between students who had or had not passed the state test.


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