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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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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…

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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…

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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

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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…

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