There is a little thing on the agenda for the regular legislative meeting of the School Board this week. It's so small that it is buried in the consent agenda. It's the annual approval of schools. It's a little thing, but it means a lot because it is required for the District to collect the Basic Education funding from the state. That's the bulk of the District's revenue.
The state makes districts fufill some requirements before sending their their annual wad o' cash and one of those requirements is that they write and approve an annual improvement plan for each school. In Seattle, the requirements for that annual plan are fulfilled with the CSIP, the Continuous School Improvement Plan. Here's the problem: the District didn't do CSIPs this year. All of the CSIPs on the District web site are out of date.
Worse yet, it's obvious. Anyone who knew about the District and looked at the evidence could see that no work has been done on these plans. The Cleveland plan doesn't even mention STEM. There is no plan for Jane Addams K-8. The plan for Arbor Heights is completely blank. None of the data has been updated for over a year.
So here's the $64 million question: will the Board notice or do anything about it? Actually, this question is worth much more than $64 million. If the Board makes no mention of this and just leaves it on the consent agenda and just passes it without any examination, that would be totally negligent. That motion would be ripe for appeal. An appeal of that motion would cost the District hundreds of millions of dollars, not to mention provide ample evidence of the Board's total failure to oversee the District.
In case you're wondering, I am not sitting back and waiting to pop out and yell "Gotcha!" on this. I have written to the Board and - in very urgent language - pointed out the problems with the CSIPs and pointed out the dire and urgent need for them to take action. I hope they do.
Of course, if they don't it would be, as I wrote, ample evidence of their failure to fulfill even the simplest elements of their duty. If they don't take some action to fix this, then the decision will need to be appealed and the Board members will need to be removed from office.