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August 1, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Superintendent turnover: School Board explains relationship with José Banda

The Seattle School Board has had a rewarding two year relationship with José Banda, but The Seattle Times finds two points of disagreement to support their revived and false narrative of board dysfunction ["Fix Seattle Schools’ superintendent turnover issues," Opinion, July 29].

The Times fails to report that Banda’s angry email was in response to School Board attempts to enforce the Instructional Materials Adoption policy so that we could make an informed decision that’s required by law. At no time did the board publicly disparage or defame staff. I and other directors responded to Banda’s email, asking him to clarify what he was referring to.  He never provided that information.

The alleged bullying and strident advocacy is spin on a discussion at our last board retreat. We had asked staff to tell us what priorities would have to shift in order to do an analysis of later start times for teens. Instead, they brought forward long lists of priorities, implying that they were too busy to do this analysis. There was frustration on both sides. I wouldn’t describe any of the exchange as bullying or strident advocacy.

The recent Board Code of Conduct is a strong foundation for constructive engagement. At our next board retreat we will discuss it in the light of continuous improvement.

Sharon Peaslee, Seattle School Board president

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