- He uses a serif font for Seattle School Board where the crossing of the multiple "t" in Seattle goes through the "l". It's a little thing but your eye keeps going there because it reads wrong. (Little things can be big things in a campaign especially in what the public sees.)
- He states this on his home page:
* Refining of a predictable student assignment plan
* Improving the partnership between the city and the district
* Producing district and school report cards
* Reducing the number of redundant and outdated school board policies
This list in an interesting one because I'm not sure any of it (except maybe the NSAP) would fall into my top 5 things I want a director to concentrate on. What's interesting is that he says him staying on the Board would further these items more than if a new person came onto the Board. Except for the partnership with the City (which I don't think is really based on personal relationships in a big way), I'm not sure I agree.
Contrast this with his priorities:
As we move ahead, there are several key priorities for the coming years I plan to work as a board member.
* Ensure we have the capacity to handle the enrollment growth within our district
* Build the framework for the creation of schools of innovation built from our Alternative Schools
* Aid in the creation of the BEX IV levy that supports our capacity needs and the need for updating of some our oldest build
* Streamline board policies that allow for better enforcement and oversight
* Create better and more diverse channel of communicating with our families and citizen about the work of the district
This section is somewhat different than the list on why he should remain on the Board. Several issues:
- the sloppy grammar some of us noticed in the past in Harium's writing on his blog show up here. "create better and more diverse channel of communicating...families and citizens", "updating of some of our oldest build", "..I plan to work as a Board member."
- no definition of "schools of innovation". If this is the district's new mantra, then define it. We never got a definition of quality schools so what's an innovation school. (My idea, that I haven't fleshed out and want to talk to Dr. Enfield about, is for an innovation DISTRICT, not just a few schools.)
- the only overlap between the two lists is streamlining and updating Board policies.
Even if he has other priorities, it should be pro forma for ANY candidate to say that better academic outcomes for all students is number one on their list.
Harium is currently endorsed by Lauren McGuire (of the SCPTSA but they haven't endorsed him) and Councilpersons Burgess and Clark. Hmm, might have to ask the councilpeople about that.