Seattle parent Rita Green has filed a petition seeking to recall Seattle School Board member Sherry Carr, saying Carr voted for a plan to create innovative schools in Seattle even though Carr questioned whether part of it was proper.
The election won’t go forward unless King County Superior Court agrees that Green’s allegations, if true, would mean Carr is guilty of wrongful conduct or violated her oath of office. Two years ago, a King County Superior Court judge blocked an attempt to recall five school board members, saying the allegations against them were not serious enough. That case centered around the board’s decision to extend the contract of then-Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson even though they knew state auditors had uncovered problems with district policies and finances.
Green’s complaint focuses on Carr’s vote to allow some Seattle schools to become Creative Approach Schools, which could be exempted from many district policies. Carr was among the school board members who voted to approve a memorandum of understanding for such schools, even though she questioned whether it should allow the district’s superintendent to waive district policy rather than the board. A King County Superior Court judge has already ruled that the board cannot give up that power.