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‘A shady mess’: Seattle Schools debates proposed science curriculum — KUOW 94.9 FM, April 29, 2019

‘Up there to Humiliate:’ Seattle school’s detention list sparks debate about shaming    — Seattle Times, March 29, 2019

City Inside/Out: Families, Education, Preschool & Promise Levy — Seattle Channel, Oct. 10, 2018  27:22

In November, Seattle voters will decide whether to approve the biggest education measure in the city’s history. Seattle Proposition 1, or the Families, Education, Preschool and Promise Levy, is a seven-year property tax that would replace two expiring levies and add two years of free college tuition for local high school students. Supporters say this investment is needed to close the opportunity gap, but opponents are pushing back on the $638 million price tag.

Tim Burgess, chair, Seattle Proposition 1 (pro)
Nicole Grant, executive secretary-treasurer, MLK Labor (pro)
Saul Spady, business owner & community activist (con)
Melissa Westbrook, activist & blogger, Seattle Schools Community Forum (con)
Sheila Edwards Lange, Ph.D., president, Seattle Central College (pro)
Sue Peters, former Seattle School Board president (con)


Recognizing Outgoing Board Directors –Thank You!Seattle Public Schools Web Site, Nov. 17, 2017

Seattle Public Schools 2017 State of the District: Better Together Seattle Public Schools Web site, Nov. 14, 2017

Garfield High School Football Players Join Colin Kaepernick’s Protest — Daily Beast, April 13, 2017

Parents demand audience with School Board over teacher cuts – West Seattle Blog, Oct. 14, 2015

School Board meeting gets heated after upset parents demand answers about teacher assignments — Q13 Fox News, Oct. 14, 2015

In Race for Seattle School Board, No Candidate Dares Cross the Picket Line – Seattle Weekly, Sept. 11, 2015

Blame the Billionaires, Not the Teachers — The Stranger, Sept. 9, 2015

Strike is On! — West Seattle Blog, Sept. 8, 2015
Director Sue Peters’ Letter to Mayor Murray on Pre-school in SPS Seattle Schools Community Forum (blog), August 2015

Two Seattle School Board Members want to suspend Common Core tests — Seattle Times, March 4, 2015

Millions of Student Records Sold in Bankruptcy — EdWeek, Dec. 10, 2014

Seattle School Board Rejects Downtown School, but Supporters Cling to Hope              KPLU 88.5 FM, Nov. 6, 2014

Seattle board rejects acquiring downtown building for school — Seattle Times, Nov. 6, 2014

MAP Boycott Leader Jesse Hagopian Launches Campaign for Union Presidency–The Seattle Weekly, Jan. 22, 2014 (…) But certainly [Hagopian’s] themes of over-testing and misguided reform have resonance in Seattle. Parent activist Sue Peters was elected to the Seattle School Board in November after raising the same issues.

Peters elected District IV director – Queen Anne/Magnolia News, Nov. 19, 2013

Underdog School Board Candidate Sue Peters Wins Over Dale Estey — The Stranger, Nov. 7, 2013



Sue Peters winning school board seat in Seattle despite huge $$ and campaign smears against her. Seattle Times pouts. Billionaires lose.  — Tweet from Diane Ravitch


Elections 2013: Campaign Dispatches From Around Seattle –KUOW 94.9 FM

8:15 p.m. School Board Candidate Sue Peters Ahead With 51 percent Seattle School Board candidate Sue Peters is wearing her lucky blue feather boa tonight, and it appears to have paid off.

When King County released its first round of vote results, she was ahead of opponent Suzanne Dale Estey. Estey received 48 percent of the vote.

At Peters’ party, it’s a mostly middle-aged crowd milling about the room, drinking wine and cocktails. There are purple balloons, sandwiches and cured meats. It’s a festive mood.

It’s less festive at Estey’s campaign party, where there’s a sparser crowd and most of the guests appear to be drinking water.   —Ann Dornfeld, KUOW 94.9 FM, Nov. 5, 2013

Election Night: The Empire Strikes Back!
It is a dark time for rebellious liberals. Although they won the mayor’s office and school board in elections past, wealthy forces seek to drive the interlopers from City Hall. Mayor Mike McGinn, Council Member O’Brien, and brave school board hopeful Sue Peters are running formidable campaigns to maintain their progressive foothold. But state senator Ed Murray, the rabidly conservative police guild, and grazzilionaire Nick Hanauer—obsessed with the politics of division and a scourge of crime—have deployed wealthy PACs to stop the insurgency and reclaim the government. – The Stranger, Nov. 5, 2013

In the only seriously contested Seattle School Board race, the business establishment’s annointed candidate, Susan [sic] Dale Estey, trails anti-testing champion Sue Peters.”, Nov. 7, 2013

Suzanne Dale Estey concedes Seattle school board race to Sue Peters

(…) Peters was ahead by 3 percentage points in the first day results and the gap continued to widen Wednesday.

The freelance journalist and parent activist prevailed in one of the most heavily funded school board campaigns in recent history.

Dale Estey raised about $100,000 more than her opponent. An independent political action committee backing Dale Estey called Great Seattle Schools raised almost $98,000 and spent much of the money on negative ads that hit voters’ mailboxes in the week before the election. Seattle Times, Nov. 7, 2013

 – Sue Peters is running ahead of Suzanne Dale Estey by a 51.78-47.90 percent margin in a nasty Seattle School Board race. Wealthy education reformers backed Dale Estey, while liberal activists supported Peters.Seattle PI, Nov. 6, 2013

 Peters Expands Her Lead Seattle Schools Community Forum, Nov. 6, 2013

Peters edging Dale Estey in fiercely contested Seattle School Board race
Parent activist Sue Peters was leading her much-better-funded opponent Suzanne Dale Estey by three percentage points for a seat on the Seattle School Board.

Peters said that she thought it would be close, despite the lopsided fundraising and some negative ads last week put out by a group backing Dale Estey.

“The money was a challenge, of course, but we ran a smart, agile campaign,” Peters said. “We ran a campaign with integrity and I think that resonated with Seattle voters.”  – Seattle Times, Nov. 5, 2013

Can Super-Rich Buy Seattle School Board Race? — Diane Ravitch’s Blog, Nov. 1, 2013

Will the Ultra Wealthy and Disinformation Triumph in Seattle’s School Board Race?
Cliff Mass Weather Blog, Oct. 30, 2013

Big Ideas VS Big Money: Support Sue Peters for School Board!
Jesse Hagopian, “I Am an Educator” Blog, Oct. 24, 2014

Who Raised Over a Quarter  Million Dollars for Local School Board Races? — Diane Ravitch’s Blog, Oct. 18, 2013

Could a Wealthy Few Decide Seattle’s School Board Races? — KUOW 94.9 FM, Oct. 18, 2013

City Inside/Out – Seattle School Board races – Seattle Channel, Oct. 18, 2013

Seattle School Board Candidates Clash on Testing, State Standards — KUOW 94.9 FM, Oct. 17, 2013

School Board District 4: The Hottest Race in Town
Even Steve Ballmer is dialed into the campaign for School Board District 4 — Seattle Weekly, Oct. 15, 2013

Students Quiz Seattle School Board Candidates: A dozen high school students held a debate for Seattle School Board members Thursday night that covered testing, discipline, spending priorities and other issues. — Seattle Times, Sept. 27, 2013

CityClubforumphoto by Lindsey Wasson

(…) Peters believes that testing in schools already is too excessive. She wants to make sure that teachers understand how best to teach the new standards before the district starts testing students on them.
“We need to bring in the curriculum first and the assessments second,” Peters said.
(…) Peters said schools should make sure that misbehaving students are kept “on site and in our sights” where they can get the help they need rather than kicking them out of school where they are left on their own.
“School should be a place where you can make mistakes,” Peters said.

Wealthy Folks Try to Take Over the Seattle School Board, Again – Cliff Mass Weather Blog, Sept. 22, 2013

“A critical race is now occurring for an opening in the Seattle School Board.   On one hand there is Suzanne Estey, with very little experience in Seattle School affairs, but enjoying the deep support of the ultra wealthy and powerful interests.  On the other, there is Sue Peters, with a decade-long record of working in Seattle Public Schools, a stellar background in pushing for better math curriculum, a record of independence, and grass roots financial support.  For reasons described below, I am strongly supporting Sue Peters, with whom I have worked for several years.” — Cliff Mass

Seattle: Status Quo Crowd Fears Sue Peters — Diane Ravitch’s blog, August 22, 2013

“Sue Peters is an experienced journalist and parent leader who is running for Seattle school board. I have blogged about Sue because I have met her and I know how committed she is to strengthening the public schools of Seattle and standing up to the powerful corporate raiders.
These corporate forces, the ones who wield great power in Seattle, do not want her elected to the school board. They fear her brave and honest voice.” — Dr. Diane Ravitch

Sue Peters says thank you and outlines her vision for Seattle Education — Diane Ravitch’s blog, August 8, 2013

Seattle School Board leaders: Dale Estey, Peters in District 4; Blanford, Green in District 5 — Seattle Times, August 6, 2013

Seattle school board election could be critical for district — KING 5 News, August 1, 2013

Independent group enters school board campaign with negative ad — Seattle Times, August 1, 2013

Independent Expenditure in the … School Board Race – Publicola@Seattle Met, July 31, 2013

6 compete for 2 open seats on Seattle’s School Board — Seattle Times, July 30, 2013

Seattle School Board Primary Candidate Platforms — Sue Peters — KUOW, 94.9 FM, July 15, 2013

School Board — Seattle’s Most Important Volunteer Position — Crosscut, July 18, 2013

‘Most notable quote: “Too often the district makes decisions that pit one group against another. I want to find solutions in which everyone wins.”’ — Sue Peters

34th District Dems endorse for School Board, Burien City Council — Highline Times, July 11, 2013

Micromanaging? — Not All School Board Candidates Agree — Seattle Weekly, June 21 2013

(…) But District 4 candidate Sue Peters, a freelance writer and parent activist opposed to what she calls “corporate education reform,” including high-stakes testing and charter schools, questions the micromanaging tag. Under prior Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson, she contends, “we had a board that seemed to rubber-stamp everything that staff and Goodloe-Johnson did. I certainly don’t want to go back to that.”

She elaborates that families are often faced with district decisions that come down from faceless bureaucrats. Families’ school board representative is the person they know, the person they are naturally inclined to turn to with questions and concerns.

And if the board member in turn asks questions of staff, she says, “I don’t have a problem with that.” She adds, “If my constituents ask me about an issue that concerns them, it is my duty to bring it up.”

Two Seattle School Board Seats Up for Grabs in Primary — KUOW 94.9 FM, May 21, 2013

Candidates set for two seats on Seattle School Board – Six candidates are running for two open seats on the School Board  — Seattle Times, May 17, 2013

(…) Three others are running in DeBell’s district: economic development consultant Suzanne Dale Estey; Dean McColgan, director of development at the Museum of Flight and former Federal Way councilman; and parent activist and freelance writer Sue Peters.

Dale Estey said the biggest change she’d like to see in education is adequate funding. Peters said she favors fewer standardized tests, a different math curriculum, and less top-down decision making. McColgan said one of his top priorities is improving middle-school instruction.(…)

Why I am Running for School Board – by Sue Peters – Seattle Education Blog, May 17, 2013

Two Board Races with Three Candidates Each; Patu Unopposed Seattle Schools Community Forum, May 17, 2013

Director Smith-Blum will not be running to retain her Post Seattle Schools Community Forum, May 17, 2013

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