The press release certainly made it sound like this was the case but here's what Dr. Enfield says:
Unfortunately, the Times article was not correct. While we did share Ingraham's test scores since we were getting questions about the school's performance, I never said that these scores were the reason for my decision. They were not. Additionally, I never spoke with Katherine Long so I am puzzled why she would attribute any quotes on this matter to me.
I have not, and will not, reveal the information that was part of the evaluation process and eventual decision. I am legally bound not to do so.
Katherine Long is the Times' reporter on the story. I reread the story and Ms. Long did not attribute any quote from Dr. Enfield as given to her personally. She quoted what parents said Dr. Enfield said.
So here are some questions:
- by putting out the test scores, of course, everyone was going to jump to this conclusion. If people were asking about test scores, Communications could have referred them to the OSPI site and let them do the comparisons. Why do this?
- Dr. Enfield is right about not saying anything legally and yet, now people believe it is about test scores at Ingraham. I'll wait for our new Communications head to write yet another backpedaling press release. (Recall that Sara Morris from the Alliance sent out an e-mail telling her constituents this was the reason.) Why send the press release to people who will pass on that information?
This happens over and over. These ideas are never given the "if this, then that" treatment; meaning, "what are the possible outcomes to this action and our response to them."
Again, I'm smelling subordination because this feels like someone got dissed and didn't like it. If Principal Floe does appeal (and I hope he does), I'm sure we will get a clearer picture.
The Board needs to put its collective foot down NOW. This is now getting worse and worse.
If you attended a community meeting this morning, please let us know what was said. I believe Ingraham staff is meeting with Noel Treat, our new Deputy Superintendent, on Monday and parents will meet him on Tuesday.