School Board says 'No' to becoming charter school authorizer

Tacoma Public Schools will not apply this summer to become a charter school authorizer, the School Board decided this evening by a 4-0 vote.

The state Board of Education set a July deadline for school districts to file an application to become a charter school authorizer. A school district that becomes a charter school authorizer can issue a request for proposals from non-profit organizations that want to start charter schools. An authorizing district can set parameters and goals for the type of charter schools that it wants to see in its community.

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STAR Center to Celebrate First Anniversary Saturday

Metro Parks’ popular STAR Center celebrates is first anniversary on Saturday with a free community celebration. Metro Parks built the $16 million, 32,000-square-foot facility in order to give the community a place to gather, play and stay active. Since its opening on April 18, 2012, STAR Center has served more than 110,000 program and event participants.

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Museum of Glass Presents “The True History of Glass?” with William Warmus

Saturday the Museum of Glass hosts internationally acclaimed curator and author William Warmus for a lecture entitled “The True History of Glass?” at 1 p.m. Admission to the lecture is included in Museum admission.

William Warmus explores how techniques, aesthetics, and narratives emerge and then struggle to find a balance in art and nature. The University of Chicago Magazine described him as a classical modernist; The New York Times called him a stylemaker.

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Experience Cultures from Around the World in Your Own Backyard Tomorrow

Tomorrow the Lakewood Sister Cities Association is hosting the Lakewood International Festival honoring South Korea. The festival is 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Pierce College, Fort Steilacoom campus at 9401 Farwest Drive SW in Lakewood.

The free family event will feature cultural entertainment, international cuisines and arts and crafts vendors touting jewelry, art and other goods. Food vendors will include fare from the Caribbean, Polynesia, Asia and the Americas.

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Foss Waterway Seaport Re-Opens to the Public, Saturday!

After 18 months of renovation, the Foss Waterway Seaport museum reopens to the public, this Saturday, May 11th. Event Coordinator Earla Harding was kind enough to give  us a sneak peak yesterday of the newly renovated facility. 

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High School Graduates Could be Honored in a Bigger Way than a Diploma

There is a new effort in the works of a Education Wall of Honor to acknowledge the high school graduates who make Tacoma great.

There are a couple of proposals on the table, but it is "still a work in-progress," says Kim Golding, one of the project organizers. First, a small wall, possibly made out of wood, would be attached to every school building in Tacoma. Secondly, there could be one wall centrally located at Tacoma Public Schools Central Administration Office downtown.

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Northwest Corks & Crush to support Children’s Therapy Unit May 18

Northwest Corks and Crush

Raise your glass in support of a good cause at Northwest Corks & Crush, a gala auction featuring about 20 wineries, dinner, and dancing to live music on May 18 at Washington State Fair in Puyallup.  

“We really appreciate the community’s support,” said Glenn Kasman, President of MultiCare’s East Pierce Region that includes Children’s Therapy Unit and MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital.

 

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Tacoma Get Ready for Fun In the Sun…It’s Opening Weekend for Metro Park’s Spraygrounds!

Enjoy countless hours of free water-play from 10am-8pm at 8 Metro Parks Tacoma spraygrounds this weekend.

 

Forecasts calling for sun-filled days on Saturday and Sunday couldn’t have come at a better time.  Due to the projected high temperatures, Metro Parks has been working to open two new spraygrounds, at Franklin Park and Titlow Park, ahead of their planned Grand Opening community celebrations this summer, to provide weekend service at all eight spraygrounds.

 

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