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Move the Region 4 Cherry Street offices of DSHS to the Fircrest School campus in Shoreline. The state already owns the property and could stop paying rent in Seattle (close to 1 million a year). Fircrest has available buildings that could be used as office space with minimal changes.
Stop requiring teachers of students with profound cognitive disabilites to write WASL portfolios (now HSPE). These students, who have functional levels of 6-12 months, don't even know they are taking a test. Teachers spend hours of time and districts hire substitute teachers so these portfolios can be written for students who have never done academics. Make an exemption for these students and don't punish the schools ...more »