SchoolsFirst is a political organization that acts as the committee to get school bonds and levies passed. They pretty much run the "Vote Yes" campaigns for the Operations Levy, for BEX and for BTA.
That's all good and everything, but Schools First gives the District blind, unquestioning support. No one from Schools First has ever - or apparently will ever - demand any sort of accountability from the District. No one from Schools First has ever - or apparently will ever - demand that the District engage the community. Moreover, Schools First has put out a lot of misinformation and, in the case of the Chief Sealth/Denny co-location, disinformation.
Schools First gives the District exactly the sort of support they want from the community: straight from the checkbook.
I suspect this see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil culture is pervasive at Schools First. One Board member, Peter Maier, came to the District from the Board of Schools First. As a School Board member, Director Maier has yet to vote against a single staff recommendation. He has yet to provide any meaningful oversight or accountability. Now Wilson Chin, also from the Board of Schools First, is running for a seat on the District's Board. Will he also be a rubber-stamp, continuing the Schools First style of mindless support for whatever the District staff says?
Then again, perhaps I have judged Schools First too harshly. Perhaps someone who is close to Schools First can share with us all of the times that Schools First has demanded accountability from the District, can remind us of all of the times that Schools First worked for a more rational and less political prioritization of capital projects, and can point out all of the work that Schools First has done to solicit input (and not just donations) from the community. Yeah. Perhaps not.