- Why is there no news and information on the News and Calendar page for 2011? Not one item. Also, no new SPS Schoolbeat e-newsletter since December 2, 2010? (Update: so on a hunch, I went and checked the new SPS website and lo and behold, there was calendar information for Jan. 2011. So now, until the old website is gone, we get to check TWO websites for information. I thought the link to the new one was just for observational/input, not that it would have information not available at the old one. It would be nice if the district had told people this.)
- In the job description for the new communications director, there is mention of a "School Board communications point person." Who is that?
- Why doesn't the job description for the new communications director mention something like "effectively communicating information and issues about SPS to the parents, community, voters and elected officials?" It seems odd that communicating with your "customers" (parents) and the people who fund you wouldn't be job one on the list.
- Why was it said that there will be a committee to find the new head of communications and yet, even after asking a couple of times, no one can tell me how a parent or community member might apply for this committee?
- Why is the date/time for the exit interview of the long-awaited audit of capital management not available anywhere on the district's website? Even Director Carr at last Wednesday's Board meeting found that puzzling. It's Monday, January 31st at 4 p.m. (slated to be in the Board conference room but I think it will be full and they will have to move it).
- C'mon now, who is our TFA mystery date, I mean donor? It seems odd that if there is someone all lined up that you wouldn't tell us who. (Unless you are waiting to find out who the mystery date, I mean mystery university sponsor, for TFA is so you can bundle it into one press release.)
- How come Dr. Goodloe-Johnson, in her statement in the TFA press release about coming to the Puget Sound area, says that "(TFA) will help us strengthen and deepen the hiring pool to ensure we can hire the best teachers to close the achievement gap at our low-performing schools...." when there is zero evidence that TFA teachers have helped close the achievement gap at ANY school they have served at?
Noel Treat is the fairly new General Counsel for the district. He is also the new Ethics officer.
Why didn't he think it necessary to disclose that:
(1) his wife's job is at a foundation that was co-founded by the Gates Foundation and is run on money from the Gates Foundation (partial) and
(2) that his brother-in-law is married to Sara Morris who heads the Alliance for Education?
While it might be that these two items don't come directly under the letter of the law/policy for public disclosure, the district has a close working relationship with both the Alliance and the Gates Foundation. That he has two close personal connections to these groups might have pointed to the public disclosure (rather than recusing himself any time he does work with either group).
I might have thought after the Dr. Goodloe-Johnson/NWEA issue that the administration and School Board might be extra careful to avoid the appearance of hiding information of this type but apparently not.