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).
New Seattle School Board: (front row L to R): Stephan Blanford, President Sharon Peaslee, Vice President Betty Patu, Harium Martin-Morris; (back row: L to R): Sherry Carr, Sue Peters, Marty McLaren – December 3, 2013
(Source: Seattle School Board web page)
Taking the oath of office, Sue & her father, Dec. 3, 2013
(photo by Melissa Westbrook)
We Have a New Seattle School Board — Seattle Schools Community Forum blog, Dec. 3, 2013
Community Meetings with Director Peters:
I will hold my first community meeting in January 2014. I will also host meetings specifically for students. Please check my district web page for updates.
In the meantime, please join me at Couth Buzzard Books in Greenwood, Friday, Dec. 6,* at noon, for the kick-off Seattle Education Meetup, hosted by the Seattle Education Blog and Parents Across America, Seattle.
(*please note corrected date.)
Since Election Night, our margin of victory has grown steadily.
On Nov. 5, we led by 51-48 percent.
As of Nov. 19, the results are 55-45% (54.76% – 44.86%)—a 10-point difference! (Current vote total: 92,197-75,538).
Save the Dates!
Newly (re)elected school board members — Betty Patu, Sue Peters and Stephan Blanford — will be sworn into office on Tuesday Dec. 3, 5-6 p.m. at the John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence (district headquarters).
First board meeting with the new board: Weds. Dec. 4.
[CORRECTION: Please note correct date for oath of office is Dec. 3, not Nov. 3, as originally posted.]
School Board Director-Elect Sue Peters Celebrating Election Night with award-winning* Garfield High School teacher (& friend) Jesse Hagopian
*(“Secondary School Teacher of the Year” )