On March 2, the Seattle School Board approved a resolution reaffirming its commitment to public education and its opposition to charter schools.
This updates a resolution passed by a previous Board in 2012 in response to Initiative 1240 (which established charter schools in Washington State and which a majority of Seattle voters did not support), and now reflects a number of new developments, including:
- The State Supreme Court’s September 2015 decision which found the charter law unconstitutional;
- the Court’s September 2014 ruling that found the State in contempt for its continued failure to meet its paramount duty to amply fund K-12 public education in Washington State, as reaffirmed by the 2012 McCleary decision;
- Recent efforts by the State and local districts to continue to publicly fund charter schools by reclassifying them as Alternative Learning Experiences (ALEs) and channeling their funding and oversight through the Mary Walker School District in Eastern Washington.
The vote was 5-2 in favor, and included an amendment from Director Jill Geary (Burke, Geary, Harris, Patu, Peters; Blanford, Pinkham).
Election Night on November 3 delivered four new members to Seattle’s School Board — Rick Burke, Jill Geary, Leslie Harris and Scott Pinkham. An engineer, a judge, a paralegal and a professor, all with children currently or recently in Seattle Public Schools, they bring a high caliber of professionalism and skills to the Board.
Their swearing-in ceremony will be held at the John Stanford Center on Tuesday December 1. Their first Board meeting will be Wednesday December 2. Look for their updated information on the district’s School Board Web page soon.
I look forward to working with them all.
Rick Burke – School Board Director-Elect for District II
Jill Geary – School Board Director-Elect for District III
Leslie Harris – School Board Director-Elect for District VI
Scott Pinkham – School Board Director-Elect for District I