As most of you may know, Linda Shaw is the education reporter for the Seattle Times. She and I have a good working relationship. She has had students in SPS so she knows the district from the parent's side of the lens.
I asked her, during the break at the last Work Session, what had tipped her off to investigate the 17% college readiness claim for the Times' Truth Needle story. She just smiled and told me that the figure had never seemed right to her.
That's one more person who, like Ramona Hattendorf of the SCPTSA and Michael DeBell, knew something was off. Both Michael and Ramona had asked and been told someone would get back to them and no one ever did. For months and then years.
But it stuck in the back of a lot of people's minds and we are fortunate that Linda decided to follow-thru. She's a reporter and staff were not going to be able to shake her off.
We complain her sometimes about the Times' work, both editorially and in their articles. Given some of their work in the last couple of months (the astonishing rejection of the levy by the editorial board and Linda's work on the 17% issue), I think the Times really does want to do better and does want to be more balanced and does want to take the lead on education reporting.
Thanks Linda for asking the hard questions. You daylighted a huge issue that needed public attention.