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Topic: Jose Banda

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August 12, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Gates Foundation official, Bremerton superintendent to join Seattle Public Schools

Charles E. Wright Jr., a program officer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will be the new deputy superintendent in Seattle Public Schools, and Bremerton Superintendent Lester “Flip” Herndon Jr. will join the district as the new assistant superintendent for capital, facilities and enrollment planning. Seattle Superintendent Jose Banda announced the two appointments Monday, saying in…

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Comments | Topics: Charles E. Wright Jr., Jose Banda, Lester "Flip" Herndon Jr.

August 6, 2013 at 2:40 PM

More turnover at the top in Seattle Public Schools

The turnover of top staff in the Seattle school district continued this week as Duggan Harman, assistant superintendent of business and finance, resigned to become chief of staff for Highline Superintendent Susan Enfield. Harman had worked for Seattle Public Schools for 21 years, and rose through the ranks, working in the academics department as well as budget and finance. …

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: Duggan Harman, Jose Banda, Seattle Public Schools

July 22, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Seattle district forms new department focused on building, maintaining schools

Given the amount of work that will occur under the $695 million school construction levy that voters approved in February,  Seattle Public Schools is creating a new department of capital, facilities and enrollment planning, and will hire a new assistant superintendent to oversee it. “I feel this tremendous obligation and commitment to the voters of Seattle…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: Jose Banda, Pegi McEvoy, Seattle Public Schools

June 19, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Seattle School Board divided on Banda’s first-year performance

The Seattle School Board gave Superintendent Jose Banda two evaluations for his first year on the job. The first, described as the view of a supermajority of the board, gave Banda high marks, saying he exceeded expectations in four of the five evaluation areas, and met expectations in the fifth. But for the first time in…

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June 5, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Deal reached to preserve murals at Seattle’s Wilson-Pacific campus

The large, striking Native American murals at Seattle’s Wilson-Pacific campus will be preserved even though the buildings will be demolished to make way for a new elementary and middle school at the site, School Superintendent Jose Banda announced today. Banda said he met with artist Andrew Morrison a week ago, and the two talked about…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: Andrew Morrison, Indian Heritage Middle College, Jose Banda

May 13, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Starting next fall, MAP tests will be optional for Seattle high schools

High schools in Seattle won’t have to give the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests starting next fall, the latest development in the testing controversy that has drawn national attention after starting in January at Garfield High School. After Garfield teachers sparked a protest that spread to six other schools locally, the school district scaled back the number…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: Jose Banda, Measures of Academic Progress, Seattle Public Schools

April 25, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Seattle schools won’t seek waiver from math requirement for graduation

Seattle Superintendent Jose Banda will not seek a waiver for 80 of the district’s high-school seniors who have  met all state and district graduation requirements except for the new one in math. This is the first year that high school students must pass a state math exam or an approved alternative to earn a diploma.  In past years, students…

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March 29, 2013 at 1:09 PM

No punishment for teachers in Seattle test boycott

Superintendent Jose Banda announced today that no teachers would be disciplined for boycotting the exams known as the Measures of Academic Progress, or MAP, this winter. District leaders concluded that  none of the protesting teachers had responsibility for administering the exams, Banda said, so they were not insubordinate by failing to carry out their duties. At many schools, Banda…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: Garfield High, Jose Banda, Measures of Academic Progress

June 28, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Education community welcomes new Superintendent Jose Banda

Dozens of school officials, community leaders and parents welcomed new superintendent Jose Banda to Seattle last night at a reception hosted by El Centro de la Raza. Some 300 people attended the free event, which included speeches and food from around the world. But the main attraction was Banda, who starts in Seattle this week after four…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: El Centro de la Raza, Jose Banda, Michael DeBell

June 26, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Seattle schools create new position to oversee districtwide changes

Seattle Public Schools today named Phil Brockman to a new position aimed at coordinating various departments during “academic and operational system change.” The executive director of school operations position, funded by a U.S. Education Department grant to increase high school graduation, will begin next week. Its creation is another sign that Seattle’s public-school district is gearing up…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: Bob Boesche, Jose Banda, Phil Brockman

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