Stand for Children has announced its endorsement of Harium Martin-Morris, Sherry Carr, and Steve Sundquist. They say nothing about District 1 (or Peter Maier). They call these three incumbents "education champions." The press release states that they interviewed 8 candidates in late April but don't say who they were. They say their endorsement committee was all Stand volunteers. (I'd have to assume all 4 incumbents plus Michelle Buetow who came out early but I don't know who else they could have interviewed as nearly everyone else who came into the campaign came in June. Maybe they had an early heads-up on who was running.)
I'll have to ask why there is no endorsement for District 1 and who else they interviewed. Here are the quotes they used from their endorsed candidates.
Sherry Carr, District Position 2: “I believe strong schools are the core of a strong city, and that Seattle can have public schools that are the envy of the nation. Our city is rich in the talent, resources and public commitment necessary to create and support great schools. I believe quality public education has the power to change lives and transform communities. And I believe that if high expectations are set for every child, our students will rise to meet those expectations.”
Harium Martin-Morris, District Position 3: “It is my belief that quality public education can and does transform lives. My vision is for a Seattle to become a school system instead of a system of schools. Our students deserve a system that supports individual student needs. A school system must have quality in every school and in every classroom.”
Steve Sundquist, District Position 6: “I believe each Seattle child deserves a quality education and the opportunity to succeed. I am committed to make the needed changes that help deliver on this belief.”
That's a lot of fairly trite talk there for 3 people who have already been in office for 4 years. Harium's comment about "a school system" rather than a "system of schools" was interesting but I'm not sure what he means. Better or more central control?