There will be a new School Board at the next Board meeting as Sharon Peaslee takes over for Peter Maier in the District I seat and Marty McLaren takes over for Steve Sundquist in the District VI seat.
What does this mean for the way the Board works as a team? Will the Board become contentious or will they be able to reach consensus on critical issues? Will the Board become bogged down in debate? in process? in community engagement? in attempts to micro-manage the district?
What would it be like if the Board started doing its job? Will members of the community once again be invited to participate in committee meetings? Will the Board set and keep a calendar of oversight reviews? Will the Board Directors start more of their sentences with the words "My constituents want..."? Will we see the Board start to enforce policy? Will the Board require the staff to keep their commitments to students and families?
What will this mean for the direction of the District? The old majority is broken; what new majority will form and what direction will they take the Board and the District? Is this the end of Teach for America in Seattle? Is the end for MAP, the data warehouse, standardization, and a host of other ill-conceived Education Reform boondoggles? What new directions might we see? Will we see a focus on targeted interventions? On efforts to bridge the opportunity gap? Will we see something really visionary like a new focus on student motivation, on tech-based individualized instruction for skill-building? I'm pretty sure that we will see more opportunity for alternative math texts.
What does this mean for interim Superintendent Enfield? Did she lose her shot at the permanent job in this election? Did she lose even her interim assignment? Will she become, as Raj Manhas did, a dissident within the District working to thwart the new Board's efforts, or could she adapt to the new majority and stay on?