I remember the first controversial issue for the current Board majority, the Denny/Sealth co-location.
This was quite a controversy. The District decided, with no community engagement, to rebuild Denny Middle School on the Sealth High School campus. The two schools would be co-located.
When people found out about this a lot of them strongly objected. There was all kinds of meetings and hearings and such. It finally came down to this:
Every single constituency group opposed the co-location.
The students opposed it.
The teachers opposed it.
The school staffs opposed it.
The student families opposed it.
The neighborhood association opposed it.
The only people who spoke in favor of it were district staff people. They presented all kinds of skewed and dishonest spreadsheets that implied that the District would save all kinds of money from co-location. They touted the benefits of co-location and pooh-poohed the risks of it. They were really funny when they would first talk about how great it would be when the schools would share classes and resources and then, in the very next breath, deny that the students would ever mix.
In the end the Board voted to approve it. When they did I couldn't help wondering who they were listening to. They clearly were not listening to the community. One word from a District staff person outweighed volumes from the public.
Consider the parallel with Teach for America. Who is speaking for it? Mostly Teach for America and other Education Reform organizations. Who is speaking against it? Students, families, teachers. You know, constituents.
Ask yourself this: Do the Board Directors represent the public to the District or do they represent the District to the public?
Watch tonight and see. Who are they listening to?