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May 15, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Peter Maier, former Seattle School Board member, appointed to State Board of Education

Former Seattle School Board member Peter Maier is the newest member of the Washington State Board of Education.  The board members selected Maier from a group of six finalists, one of whom was current Seattle School Board President Kay Smith-Blum. Smith-Blum said she withdrew her candidacy at the end of her interview last week, saying she…

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May 8, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Kay Smith-Blum withdraws candidacy for State Board of Education

Seattle School Board President Kay Smith-Blum said Wednesday that she has withdrawn her application for an open seat on the Washington State Board of Education. Smith-Blum was one of six finalists for an open seat on that 16-member board, which is a statewide advocacy and policy body. If she had been selected, Smith-Blum would have had to cut…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: Kay Smith-Blum, Michael DeBell, Seattle School Board

May 6, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Seattle School Board president is finalist for state Board of Education post

Just a few months after she was elected president of the Seattle School Board, Kay Smith-Blum may be leaving to join the Washington State Board of Education. Smith-Blum said she submitted an application for a vacant state board position about a week ago, largely because she is interested in being considered for some future Board of Education…

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May 6, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Michael DeBell won’t seek third term on Seattle School Board

Michael DeBell, who has served on the Seattle School Board for the past eight years, has decided not to seek a third term, saying he’s interested in doing something new. DeBell’s board seat is one of three that will be on the ballot this year, along with the ones now held by Board President Kay Smith-Blum and…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: Betty Patu, Kay Smith-Blum, Michael DeBell

December 12, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Smith-Blum elected president of Seattle School Board

In a 4-3 vote, the Seattle School Board has selected Kay Smith-Blum as its next president. She’ll serve a one-year term. Smith-Blum, who was the board’s vice president for the past year, replaces Michael DeBell.  She was supported  by the board’s newest members — Sharon Peaslee and Marty McLaren — as well as Betty Patu. Smith-Blum, the president…

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March 21, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Seattle school board OKs guidelines defining its power

In its second high-profile move of its biweekly meeting, the Seattle School Board voted tonight to approve revised language about the line between board and superintendent policy. In general, the guidelines direct how board members should govern district policy without micromanaging day-to-day school operations. The unanimous vote belied the contentious nature of the guidelines, which have been…

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March 21, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Seattle School Board votes 4-3 to continue TFA partnership

The Seattle School Board voted tonight to continue the district’s partnership with Teach for America, temporarily resolving an issue that had starkly divided the community and board. The 4-3 vote came during a packed public hearing, at which nearly 50 community members had signed up to express their views, although only 20 got the chance to…

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Comments | More in Education, General news | Topics: Eric Muhs, Harium Martin-Morris, Kay Smith-Blum

January 25, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Seattle School Board tables proposal on its power

In a sign of division, the Seattle School Board voted 4-3 Wednesday night to postpone consideration of a proposal about its own power. The vote, the first 4-3 vote on the board in months, followed an unusually long and contentious debate about the proposal, which would have spelled out clear guidelines for appropriate behavior by…

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December 7, 2011 at 8:33 PM

DeBell elected Seattle School Board president

The new Seattle School Board elected Michael DeBell as its president at its first meeting Wednesday night. The president, who is elected each year, presides at board meetings and the executive committee, in addition to representing the board at formal functions. DeBell, who represents the northwest part of the city, has been on the board for six…

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