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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…


Comments | More in Seattle School Board | Topics: Brooks Simpson, Larry Nyland, seattle school board

November 18, 2014 at 6:15 AM

Substitute teachers: Improve absenteeism to fix problem

The recent article on the shortage of substitute teachers suggested that schools are finding it difficult to find qualified substitutes to fill all the need [“Daily problem for schools: There aren’t enough substitutes,” Local News, Nov. 13]. As a former member of the Seattle School Board, I remember that also being an issue…


Comments | More in Education | Topics: absenteeism, Don Nielsen, education

October 29, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Downtown school: School Board hasn’t put in the necessary effort

As I suspected, the Seattle School Board and the schools administration is closing in on a decision to not open a school downtown and to let slip away a rare opportunity presented by the availability of the old Federal Reserve building [“Board unsure it can afford ‘free’ site for downtown school,” Local News,…


Comments | More in Education | Topics: education, Federal Reserve, Paul Gutowski

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…


Comments | More in Seattle School Board | Topics: Jennifer Dolan-Waldman, seattle school board, seattle schools

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…


Comments | More in Seattle School Board | Topics: education, Jose Banda, seattle school board

June 24, 2014 at 6:02 AM

When School Board ignores textbook recommendations, it undermines staff and community

When the Seattle School Board adopted Math in Focus it overstepped its bounds and cast aside its responsibility [“Seattle School Board must find extra cash after it picks pricier textbook,” Local News, June 10]. School boards set policy and procedures and are responsible for fiscal soundness. The professional staff and community members make their…


Comments | More in Education, Math | Topics: EnVision, Math in Focus, Sandra Burroughs

May 17, 2014 at 4:00 PM

No Child Left Behind waiver: Washington should take lead in reforming system

In discussing our state’s loss of the federal waiver under No Child Left Behind, Seattle School Board President Sharon Peaslee puts the issue perfectly: “It’s not the failure of legislators or teachers unions, as some allege. The failure is in rigid federal mandates that don’t make any sense” [“Losing waiver is a wake-up call,” Opinion, May 13).

The reasons the mandates don’t make sense seem so screamingly obvious that it should not be necessary to argue the point at all. But Peaslee does an excellent


Comments | More in Education | Topics: federal waiver, Michael and Beret Kischner, No Child Left Behind

June 28, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Seattle School Board struggles

School board is inept It seems to me that the Seattle School Board should be renamed the “Land of Mishap Management & Lost Accountability.” [“Editorial: Seattle School Board must do better for kids,” Opinion, June 16.] The latest state audit found the board’s continued misuse of federal funds. Ironically, this has not diminished the board’s incessant…


Comments | More in Education, Seattle | Topics: audit, funding, school board