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Topic: Michael DeBell

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August 22, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Seattle schools drop proposal to increase class sizes

Corrected version A proposal to increase the number of students in a class before a classroom aide and higher pay are provided for the teacher was dropped Wednesday by Seattle Public Schools. The proposal, which was a controversial point in contract negotiations between the school district and the Seattle Education Association (SEA), the local teachers union, would…

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Comments | More in Education, Politics | Topics: class size, Jonathan Knapp, Michael DeBell

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Seattle School Board President Kay Smith-Blum said Wednesday that she has withdrawn her application for an open seat on the Washington State Board of Education.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 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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Comments | More in Education | Topics: Kay Smith-Blum, Michael DeBell, Seattle Public Schools

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 20, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Advertising at Seattle school athletic fields approved

The Seattle School Board tonight approved a contentious proposal to allow commercial advertising on some school athletic fields, scoreboards and calendars. The unanimous vote came after passage of two amendments — one prohibiting advertising of unhealthy foods, and one limiting advertising to only property surrounding high schools. It also came after about a dozen speeches of opposition from…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: advertising, Michael DeBell, Seattle Public Schools

June 6, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Susan Enfield celebrated at her last Seattle School Board meeting

Tears flowed this afternoon as Seattle school officials publicly praised Susan Enfield at her last Seattle School Board meeting as interim superintendent. Enfield, who will start as the chief of the Highline School District on July 1, is taking unused vacation time that is moving up her departure date to within the next week or so. In an unexpected…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: Betty Patu, Harium Martin-Morris, Michael DeBell

May 16, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Seattle School Board approves contract for new superintendent

Seattle finally has a new schools superintendent. The School Board tonight formally made José Banda its next leader, unanimously approving a three-year contract for him to become the school district’s fifth superintendent in the past decade. Banda flew in for the vote. “I am just honored and humbled by this selection and by being given this great honor…

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Comments | More in Education, General news | Topics: Jose Banda, Maria Goodloe-Johnson, Michael DeBell

May 15, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Seattle schools send layoff notices to 45 employees

Twenty-eight Seattle public school teachers and 17 other school district employees received layoff notifications last week as part of an attempt to cut $20 million out of next school year’s budget. The notices mean the employees may lose their job next school year, but they could also be rehired. State law requires school districts to tell…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: budget cuts, layoffs, Michael DeBell

May 2, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Seattle School Board formally offers superintendent job to Jose Banda

The Seattle School Board voted tonight to open contract negotiations with the man it wants to be the next leader of the city’s public schools, Jose Banda. Banda, 55, the schools chief of the Anaheim (Calif.) City School District, was chosen by the board in part because of his reputation for soliciting community input, board…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: Jose Banda, Marty McLaren, Michael DeBell

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