The Public Participation procedures the Seattle School Board approved in January of this year raised little fuss at the time it was voted on. However, last night at the School Board meeting, people who were unable to testify because of the new priority rules were frustrated enough that they interruped the meeting with a protest. (Protest delays School Board meeting, PI)
I wasn't at the meeting last night, so I don't know what actually happened, but folowing the new policy and procdures, the only people who were given slots on the agenda to testify last night were addressing items on the agenda.
Elementary Math Adoption - which had 18 of the 20 people testifying
Resolution 2006/07-15: Approval of Local Tax General Obligation Bonds for BEX III which Chris Jenkins signed up to testify about.
Amendment to Facilities Master Plan which Maggie Metcalfe signed up to testify about.
K-2 Independent Reading Classroom Libraries were also on the agenda last night but no one was signed up to testify on that item.