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Category: Seattle Public Schools
February 11, 2015 at 8:02 PM

Seattle schools’ general counsel Ron English put on administrative leave

The Seattle Public Schools general counsel has been placed on administrative leave, the school district confirmed Wednesday.  Ron English has been removed from his “regular work environment for an indefinite period of time,” Superintendent Larry Nyland wrote in a letter addressed to district colleagues. Seattle Public Schools spokeswoman Stacy Howard confirmed the leave Wednesday evening. Nyland…

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January 30, 2015 at 2:45 PM

New bids extend auction for former fed bank downtown

Update | 10 p.m. Sunday And the bidding still continues.  At 9:41 p.m. on Sunday, a new bid came in for $12.5 million.  That reset the clock under federal auction rules, under which bidding continues until the highest bid goes unchallenged for 24 hours.  The government can choose to decrease that time frame, but hasn’t done so…

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August 13, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Districts protest: Our schools aren’t failing

Because most Washington school districts don’t have 100 percent of their students passing state math and reading tests, the federal No Child Left Behind law says they must send letters to families explaining why.

But the districts don’t have to like it and 28 school superintendents have jointly written a second letter they will send along with the first, which explains why they think their schools are doing much better than the No Child letters make it seem.

“Some of our state’s and districts’ most successful and highly recognized schools are now being labeled ‘failing’ by an antiquated law that most educators and elected officials — as well as the U.S. Department of Education — acknowledge isn’t working,” the cover letter states.

The letter is signed by John Welch, Superintendent of the Puget Sound Educational Service District, which represents the 28 districts.

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August 11, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Seattle special education chief placed on paid leave

  The Seattle school district’s executive director of special education was placed on paid leave Friday afternoon while the district investigates whether proper procedures were followed when the district hired a national consultant last spring. The executive director, Zakiyyah McWilliams, will be out during the review, which is expected to take a few weeks, said district spokeswoman Lesley Rogers. “This is not…

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