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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

March 6, 2014 at 5:57 AM

Northwest Center Kids program: Leadership needed from José Banda

Donna Grethen / Op Art

Seattle Public Schools’ Superintendent José Banda made a poorly thought-out decision to evict (on very short notice) an excellent nonprofit program for infants and toddlers with disabilities, The Northwest Center Kids program [“Northwest Center Kids deserves more time to find new home,” Opinion, Feb. 13].

He did this in order to house another very worthwhile program, the Cascade Parent Partnership (CPP) program, which serves children at risk. When the Seattle community challenged his decision to “throw the baby out with the bathwater,” Banda said the media’s failure to fairly cover the issue caused the problem. He now threatens to house the CPP program in a plywood encampment in the middle of a construction site as a solution.

This isn’t leadership. We need leaders who will work with the community to find reasonable solutions to tough problems. Banda blames the press, and continues to stonewall parents and community officials working for an outcome that serves our children.

Kevin Cole, Seattle

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