Here's a story in the Seattle Times about lay-offs announced in Seattle Public Schools' central office. It says that the District is laying off 90 people, including the education directors.
It also says that the education director jobs will be re-defined and re-posted and, let's face it, the education directors will be hired back. How many others among the 90 will be hired back?
The story reports that 18 teacher coaches will be let go. Hmmm. But I thought that they were announcing cuts in the central office? Apparently when they are retained, the teacher coaches work in the schools, but when they are laid off, they work in the central office. 18 is a good start. The only ones they need to keep are those few curriculum experts in each subject who are needed for curricular alignment and maybe a couple who can go out to address crises. The use of coaches as the primary professional development technique is a failed experiment.
Now when will they cancel the expensive contracts that we cannot afford? $800,000 for NTN, $756,300 for Education First, whatever they are paying the lawyers to appeal the math textbook decision, etc. When will they decimate the Facilities and IT departments that have proven so useless for years and years? Those are not the District's central mission and should be outsourced.
Finally, how were these cuts found? Was it the usual political process or did they use the budget prioritization tool that the Strategic Plan promised they would develop?