You absolutely have to read this.
You have to encourage other people to read this.
And then you have to bring these questions to the Board and to the District staff.
The column finishes like this:
There are two districts in Seattle. Our children attend the failing one.The District's plan, as we know, is to do more of what hasn't worked in the past. The District's plan, as we know, is for these communities to wait for ever.
What is the district's plan? How much longer will we have to wait for the kinds of schools our children deserve?
The District's response to low-performing schools is described in their Performance Management System. It's all about the teachers: tighter control on teacher lessons, replacing teachers, teacher coaches, more pay for the teachers. There is nothing in the plan for the students despite the fact that all of the schools that have been successful turning around student academic performance have focused on the students.
Ms Liu is right. The district is highly divided, but the District leadership aren't doing anything about that. There are models for success, but no one in the district is trying to follow them.
It may be that the Southeast Seattle Education Coalition is yet another astro-turf organization fronting for Education Reform. I don't care. The main point of this article - the overwhelmingly inequitable academic outcomes for students in the southeast part of Seattle and the District's utter failure to take (or even attempt) any effective response - remains absolutely true. Education Reformers aren't much wrong when identifying problems; they primarily fail when they try to identify solutions. This article is mostly about the problem and the District's refusal to try any solution. Even the Education Reformers can be right about that.