Also in the Stranger Slog today (and kids, it is one of the most unusual, hilarious, thought-provoking and informative blogs around), a brief piece about what SEA has to say.
As I previous reported (whoops, stated), SEA was NOT at the podium yesterday. The president, Olga Addae, was there but didn't speak because of communications issues with the district and also SEA's feeling that they didn't want to speak on the contract until the Board voted on it (which wasn't happening until later that night).
The Slog reports that:
Sure, the teachers' union, the Seattle Education Association, approved it, but SEA President Olga Addae lashed out at the school board after a press conference (.pdf) yesterday for ignoring the union's vote of no confidence on district superintendent Maria Goodloe Johnson. (The union had voted no confidence just minutes after approving the new contract on Sept 2).
"While you lauded collaboration, you ignored the no confidence vote," Addae told the school board at their regular meeting after the conference (the board voted to approve (.pdf) the teachers' contract at the meeting). Not one of you have reached out to the Seattle Education Association to voice your thoughts on this."
Now the only thing said that could remotely address this issue was from the outgoing president of the Alliance for Ed Board, George Griffin, III, who stated that he himself as well as the Alliance Board, support Dr. Goodloe-Johnson.
As Charlie reported from the Board retreat, Michael DeBell is at least troubled by this the vote of no confidence.
And wow, I hadn't heard that the district wants to cut funding from the Families and Education levy and get rid of family support workers. (I heard one speaker at the Board meeting speak but I didn't realize it was that serious.) Holy cow, those people are vital to the schools that have them, acting as counselors, family advisers and facilitators for other services. Remember that list of great services I posted in another thread about the supplemental levy and my worry that too many levies could affect the outcome of the City's Families and Ed levy? Well, cross family support workers off that. Geez.
The Slog, being a true blog, has a comment section if you care to post something there. They have a much broader audience than there is here.