Seattle Public Schools appears to be in a state of perpetual crisis. Add the embarrassing minority programming scandal, a screwed-up bidding process for the MLK School property, and the stunning conflict of interest with the MAP standardized test to poor graduation rates (70 percent on-time), the achievement gap, and poor financial management, and PubliCola’s ratings for all the incumbents had to be downgraded a notch.
But they seemed to think the challengers were too aggressively against ed reform (which Publicola thinks is "way overblown" but they're political wonks and not education wonks. They also - oddly - give the Board credit for closing schools (but apparently missed the news that we had to reopen schools a few scant years later and are now struggling with capacity management).
So I'll try to read their tea leaves and see what I think they mean.
- John Cummings is too frantic and not as focused on solutions.
- Peter Maier is "acceptable" and a "steady presence."
- Sharon Peaslee is "acceptable" but also doesn't have a lot of solutions.
- Mark T. Weber wouldn't talk to them.
- Sherry Carr is "acceptable" and they give her credit for her work on the Audit& Finance Committee but hey, after those audits, what else could anyone have done?
- Kate Martin is "super informed" and "super angry" and they give her "above average."
- Jack Whelan is "so-so" but I'm not sure they got his low-key style.
- John Dunn is "so-so" and has a "pro-stringent teacher accountability" view. But they found him one note.
- Harium Martin-Morris is "acceptable" and they point out he voted against school closures and the sale of MLK. (So now we know what Harium is running on.)
- Michelle Buetow is "above average" and they call her "charismatic."
- Nick Esparza is rated "so-so" with them saying he knows the issues but his resume is "slight."
- Marty McLaren is rate "acceptable" with Publicola saying she looks better on paper then in person.
- Steve Sundquist is rated "acceptable" but boy, they don't say much about him.
- Joy Anderson is rate "above average" as a community organizer with leadership skills.
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