This article appeared in today's PI. There's isn't a lot here particularly in the Q&A but I give her credit for being open about her impatience with the Seattle process and people wanting to vent. That said, if she wants to take this district in a different direction, she needs to know where we have been and what mistakes have held us back. She does say one interesting thing:
"We have 45,000 kids and 93 buildings. So we have to decide what the tradeoffs are and what's important. Do we want high-quality programming and access for all students, or do we want lots of small schools all across the city? If we consolidate and provide more resources, then everybody gets a better education."
That sounds like more school closures to me. I have to wonder how she would execute any closure and consolidation plan.
She also says something funny (and telling):
"Days when I'm frustrated, I just want to sell clothes at Nordstrom's. I love Nordstrom's, I think they have great customer service, it's always fun, and has great music. I've thought about writing a book, I've thought about being a consultant, I've thought about working at the university. I've thought about running a nonprofit. I've thought about going back to school to study public policy. I've thought about state superintendency. I don't know. I have to balance that with, I have a daughter who will be starting elementary school, and I don't want to be bouncing her around."
She's clearly an ambitious person who knows she could do a lot of things. But she's right about not bouncing her daughter all over the place.
She takes pride in having visited every school and done audits of different departments. This could be a very telling year for her because we will see what all this investigating will turn into in terms of actions.
Any thoughts on her first year?