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August 12, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Thomas endorses Blanford in Seattle School Board race

Olu Thomas, in third place in the three-way race for the District 5 seat on the Seattle School Board,  has endorsed the frontrunner, Stephan Blanford. In a prepared release, Thomas said Blanford has the best potential to represent the interest of the students in District 5, which includes the Central Area, Capitol Hill and parts of downtown Seattle. Blanford thanked Thomas, saying that…

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0 Comments | More in Education | Topics: Olu Thomas, Seattle School Board, Stephan Blanford

August 7, 2013 at 5:24 PM

School board results unchanged

The results in the two contested races for Seattle School Board didn’t change much after Wednesday’s vote tally. After Tuesday night’s count, it was clear that Suzanne Dale Estey and Sue Peters would advance to the general election in District 4, which covers Queen Anne, Magnolia and part of Ballard.  Dale Estey still has about 48 percent…

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0 Comments | More in Education | Topics: LeCrese Green, Olu Thomas, Seattle School Board

August 6, 2013 at 8:42 PM

Seattle School Board leaders: Dale Estey, Peters in District 4; Blanford, Green in District 5

In this year’s closest race for Seattle School Board, Suzanne Dale Estey and Sue Peters were leading in Tuesday’s returns, setting up what likely will continue to be a spirited campaign between the two candidates. Dale Estey, a government-relations and public-affairs consultant, had nearly 48 percent of the votes counted Tuesday.  Peters, a freelance writer and education activist, was…

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0 Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: Seattle Public Schools, Seattle School Board, Stephan Blanford

August 1, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Independent group enters school board campaign with negative ad

In the races for Seattle School board, an independent group that’s raised $32,750 has sent out a negative advertisement targeting candidate Sue Peters and promoting one of her two opponents, Suzanne Dale Estey. The group, which calls itself Great Seattle Schools, declared that Dale Estey is the “candidate for change” while Peters would offer “more of…

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0 Comments | More in Education | Topics: Christopher Larson, Matt Griffin, Seattle Public Schools

January 8, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Dorn lobbies for amendment to charter school law

Randy Dorn, Washington State’s top schools official,  is asking state legislative leaders to amend the state’s new charter school law so that his office supervises the new schools. Dorn has repeatedly said he thinks the law, which voters passed in November, violates Washington’s constitution because it calls for the creation of a new, appointed charter school commission that would authorize and…

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0 Comments | More in Education, Politics Northwest, State Legislature, Superintendent of Public Instruction | Topics: charter schools, Initiative 1240, Randy Dorn

January 2, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Teachers union wants to help challenge charter school law

The state’s largest teachers union is exploring how it might help challenge the charter-school law that narrowly passed last November.  The union’s board of directors has committed to help fund a lawsuit, although it is not yet clear who would file it, when it would be filed, or exactly what form the challenge would take. Rich Wood, the union’s spokesman, said…

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0 Comments | More in Education, Politics Northwest, Superintendent of Public Instruction | Topics: charter schools, Protect Our Public Schools, Randy Dorn

October 30, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Another week, another million for charter school initiative

As the election nears, the campaign to bring charter schools to Washington state reported another $1.5 million in donations from Paul Allen, founder of Vulcan, Inc. and co-founder of Microsoft.  Allen has been a major supporter of past charter-school campaigns, too, along with his fellow Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. With $1.6 million in total in donations,…

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0 Comments | More in Education, Politics Northwest | Topics: American Federation of Teachers, Bill Gates, charter schools

October 9, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Charter school campaign receives sizeable donations

The campaign to bring charter schools to Washington state received two big donations last week — $2 million from Bill Gates and $1.1 million from Alice Walton, daughter of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton. Another $500,000 came from two New York residents, one of whom is the managing director of De Shaw and Co., a global investment and…

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0 Comments | More in Education, Politics Northwest | Topics: Alice Walton, Bill Gates, charter schools