I had this idea this morning. The State Auditor had an extraordinary number of findings in his audit of Seattle Public Schools. More, the findings were significant and disturbing, reflecting notable deriliction of duty.
We also have some folks in town looking to recall some Board members. The audit bolsters their cause.
The State is VERY interested in beefing up the "accountability" in our public schools. They have added even more accountability for teachers and, in the last session, passed a law that applies only to Seattle Public Schools that made it incrementally easier for the District to fire principals. I believe that accountability should be applied from the top down, instead of from the bottom up (as it has been done in Washington State public education). After all of the talk about holding schools and districts accountable, the first people who faced consequences were the students - the people with the least power in the whole system. The next people being held accountable are those with the next smallest portion of authority - the teachers.
I think the State Legislature is ready to apply some accountability to the people at the top of the districts. I wonder if the Legislature could adopt a law that would declare that certain things, if found in a State Audit of a School District, constitute misfeasance. That would facilitate a recall by removing one of the hurdles. I think it is an accountability measure that the State Legislature is ready to adopt. How could we get it in front of them? Who could help us with this?
I think this sounds like a perfect job for the League of Education Voters.