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…More
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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…More
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,…More
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…More
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…More
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…More
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 excellentMore
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…More