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Category: Seattle School Board
December 4, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Superintendent search: School Board should take its time

It would be a critical mistake for the Seattle School Board to rush to skip a national, transparent search administered by a reputable firm [“Seattle School Board delays superintendent vote,” Education Lab, Dec. 1]. There is nothing more important than the selection of the next superintendent. Not following this process would be reckless on the part…

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August 1, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Superintendent turnover: Board should better define the relationship

Hiring and keeping a good superintendent is the primary job of the school board [“Fix Seattle Schools’ superintendent turnover issues,” Opinion, July 29]. That, and setting policy. That’s it. Any conflicting comments from board members that reach the staff or the public take time away from the superintendent’s job as he or she attempts to put…

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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…

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October 9, 2013 at 7:32 AM

Garfield hazing

Coverage is one-sided I am a student at Garfield High School. This fall in my Language Arts Honors class we learned about a “single story.” A single story is only hearing one side of an event, creating stereotypes of people and incomplete stories. Who knew we would experience a single story about Garfield students and hazing? While…

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March 25, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Seattle Public Schools’ Courageous Conversations curriculum

Lessons have power to change hearts and minds I am writing in wholehearted support of Jon Greenberg and his Citizenship & Social Justice course at the Center School [“We shouldn’t be afraid to have Courageous Conversations,” Opinion, March 21]. My son graduated from the Center School in 2007. He was a student in Greenberg’s Poetry…

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Comments | More in Children, Education, Race, Seattle School Board, Teachers | Topics: Courageous Conversations, Seattle Public Schools

August 26, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Merit pay: How would success be determined?

With merit pay, no way to determine who merits the money Editor, The Times: I see you’ve jumped onto the ever popular merit-pay bandwagon [“Merit pay for teachers would end fight on pay,” Opinion, editorial, Aug. 24]. It sounds so good on paper. But you argue it would take the steam out of salary negotiations? How? By paying…

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Comments | More in Education, Education reform, Labor, Seattle School Board, Teachers, Washington Assessment of Student Learning

August 26, 2009 at 4:00 PM

School Board primary: Has Mary Bass lost the public’s trust?

Bass an advocate for students, true public education The Seattle Times’ editorial, “Voters vet leaders for Seattle schools,” [Opinion, Aug. 20] was yet another shot in the crusade of your editorial writers to privatize public education. Mary Bass is doing what she was asked to do, such as advocate for students and families many people in our…

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Comments | More in Education, Election, Local ballot measures, Seattle, Seattle School Board

August 5, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Elections: Who are the right candidates?

Carr has record of success, deserved endorsement As a former Seattle police officer and detective, former chair of the city’s Ethics and Elections Commission, current City Council member and chair of the Council’s Public Safety Committee, I’ve had many firsthand experiences with Seattle city attorneys. Tom Carr does an outstanding job as city attorney, ethically representing citizens…

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April 14, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Seattle school official leaves

Eliminate position to help budget crisis The departing chief academic officer of Seattle Public Schools, Carla Santorno, was an energetic and positive force for the school district and she will be missed [“Seattle school official going to Tacoma,” NW Friday, April 10]. But as she moves to Tacoma, the moment seems ripe to re-evaluate the position…

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January 31, 2009 at 9:00 AM

Seattle school closures

An unnecessary obstacle Gayle Johnson’s good information about the successes of Seattle’s African American Academy [“Don’t close African American Academy,” guest column, Jan. 28] makes one wonder why Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson wants to close it, and what impact the closure will have on the academy’s students. Working with teenage dropouts and young adults with criminal histories, I…

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