The Advocate

The Advocate is updated in the first week of every other month September through May, containing articles relating to private school issues, representation, and local-to-national news relevant to independent schools.

facial recognition tech test incorrectly matched several Denver City Council members with sex offenders

Searches with images of nine out of the 13 members returned matching results. Councilman Chris Hinds had the most matches, with four, while images of Councilmembers Stacie Gilmore, Paul Kashmann and Jamie Torres each returned three matches. Each match has a “confidence” rating that shows you how similar the two photographs are. Their results showed the program had a confidence level rating as high as 92 percent for some council member’s portraits when compared to those of sex offenders.

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Make child care more accessible

Letter Feb 6th in The Columbian Investments in early child care and preschool are fundamental difference-makers for Washington children and families. That’s why I support the efforts in Olympia to make child care and preschool more affordable and accessible in...

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Here’s an IDEA: Follow the Law!

Are other states falling short of meeting their IDEA obligations? The answer, which is readily deduced by the application of simple logic, is almost certainly, “yes.” Nationally, the number of public school students identified as possessing disabilities requiring special education and related services is estimated to be approximately 13 percent of the total. For private school students, the number is estimated at just under 3 percent.

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Commerce awards $17.2 million for early learning facilities

Today DCYF announced $17.2 million in grants to 39 current and new early learning providers across the state. The grants provide financial support to allow Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) contractors and Working Connections Child Care (WCCC) subsidy providers to plan, expand, remodel, purchase or construct early learning facilities and classrooms.

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Latina preschool teachers feel the pressure of new college-degree rules, study says

Many Latina teachers have recently decided to enroll in degree programs, the report suggests. But some say they’ve opted to take a demotion and become a teacher’s assistant rather than spend time and money to pursue a degree. For many teachers, earning a degree doesn’t make financial sense; it often results in a small raise, such as $1 to $2 an hour, the report says, but can be expensive. More than 50% of the study’s participants said they have at least 10 years of classroom experience.

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