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February 3, 2015 at 5:00 AM

Olympia watch: Shake-ups proposed for Seattle schools

Photo by Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times

Photo by Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times

Two proposals from Seattle-area lawmakers this session would shake up the way Seattle Public Schools does business, and Seattle school district leaders oppose them both.

The first, a bill to allow Seattle Mayor Ed Murray to appoint two of the Seattle School Board’s seven members, is scheduled for a public hearing before the House Education Committee at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

The other, a proposal to split Seattle Public Schools and its 52,000 students into two school districts, was introduced in the House on Friday.

In a news release, Seattle school district leaders said that, despite what the bill’s sponsors claim, Seattle Public Schools is not failing its students. In fact, they said, state test results show Seattle students lead the state in most tested areas.

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