An effort to recall Seattle School Board member Sherry Carr failed this week after King County Superior Court Judge Palmer Robinson ruled that the allegations against Carr, if true, would not amount to malfeasance or a violation of Carr’s oath of office.
Rita Green, a Seattle parent and president of the Rainier Beach High PTSA, sought to recall Carr. Green alleged that Carr demonstrated wrongful conduct because Carr, after saying she would never do so, voted for a memorandum of understanding to allow the district’s superintendent to waive school-board policies.
Robinson ruled Monday that Carr had the right to change her mind, especially since Carr’s vote came before King County Superior Court Judge John Erlick ruled that the board could not delegate that authority.
Carr was one of five school board members to approve the memorandum of understanding, which covers the creation of Creative Approach Schools, which can be exempted from district and union rules in an effort to raise student achievement. The first such schools may open as early as next fall. The board has since adjusted the memorandum to reflect Erlick’s ruling.
Recall elections can’t go forward unless petitioners’ allegations, if true, would amount to wrongful conduct or a violation of an oath of office.