The Times' article this morning on the reversal of the Floe firing has some great quotes. This from Paul Hill of the Center for Reinventing Public Education:
"It kind of gives a blueprint for resistance," said Paul Hill, director of the University of Washington's Center on Reinventing Public Education. "It invites a political response to every action."
He said it also suggests that Enfield didn't realize Floe could mount a strong political response to what she likely viewed as a straightforward personnel decision.
Boy, Professor Hill makes a lot of assumptions. Blueprint for resistance? You mean like calling your School Board member, creating a Facebook page, going old school with a peition and talking to the Superintendent? That kind of scary blueprint?
Also, people act like somehow parents are now going to get listened to more often by the Superintendent and staff. One half-way success does not make parents any more powerful than they were before. Which is to say, parents had little power before this and I doubt it has moved them forward much. What it does do is give people hope.
And Floe mounted this "political" response (there's that word again)? No, he didn't and he would have been in a lot of trouble had he done anything like that. I talked to him and he said the outpouring of support astonished and humbled him. He did get a lawyer but he was too busy running a school to organize a "political response."
I also like that "straightforward personnel" decision. When was the last time SPS fired a principal? Nothing straightforward about it.
Others thought differently.
There's no shame in listening and reflecting and hearing, on a deep level, what a community is saying," said state Rep. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle.
"The whole community needs to prove to the superintendent that this is a good place, that the leadership is good leadership and deserves to stay," Nevins said. "I think we're all here to support the principal in that, in whatever we can." (Cindy Nevins is the PTSA President at Ingraham.)
"How long has it been since there has been a leader in Seattle Public Schools who will actually listen to a community?" said parent Rosemary Daszkiewicz, the PTSA's legislative co-chair.
School Board President Steve Sundquist also said he thought Enfield made a wise decision.
But finally something did get said outloud:
Enfield said she wouldn't — and couldn't — give the precise reasons why she wanted to fire Floe, saying it was a personnel matter. But she did explain it wasn't as sudden as it might seem — that it rested on a year's worth of observation and evaluation by Floe's supervisor, Bree Dusseault.
And something didn't - Ms. Dusseault has clear connections to the CRE so of course, they aren't going to like this decision.
I also had to laugh at this comment over at the Stranger Slog:
Fear of helicopter parents and pitchfork parents means that teaching professionals cannot practice their profession, and mob rule also silences the voices of quieter or more polite parents and kids. There needs to be more insulation from mob rule in how the district is administered. We've had mobs rise up about everything from mathematics textbooks to Principal Floe at Ingraham. It's not a way to run a school district.
Yes, these mobs have done SO well in getting change in SPS. Time after time this fearful district has kowtowed to these terrifying parents and community members. It's just been win, win, win.