As I previously mentioned, there is a School Board debate this Thursday, the 26th, put on by City Club and the so-called Our Schools Coalition. Somehow I received two different e-mails with different information so here's the correct info:
It's at the Vera Project at Seattle Center. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and there's an awards program and then the debate follows at 6 p.m. It is free.
The debate is to be moderated and lead by high school students and one college student. This is great.
When I asked the Communications person at City Club whether the students had formulated their own questions and was told, absolutely.
But when I told her I had an e-mail saying they have been coached/schooled by a staff member of the Alliance for Education, she backpedaled.
When I asked about the coaching, I was told it was just to explain to the students about "governance" and how the School Board works. I said that an e-mail from Sara Morris, the head of the Alliance, Morris says the students will use the "8 Characteristics of Effective School Boards" to "inform" the questions. (This is a topic I have previously written about.)
I noted to the City Club Communications person that the Board itself hasn't signed off on these and that these characteristics, in fact, don't necessarily correlate to the state statute. She had no comment.
If you are attending, you might take these questions with a big grain of salt. Of course, young people being the free spirits that they are, I suspect some will go off-topic (and good for them).
To note, the so-called Our Schools Coalition is funded by the Gates Foundation.
This is the same night as the Diane Ravitch appearance at Kane Hall at UW at 7 p.m. It's a tough choice but her new book is really direct, fact-based and great. There will be other debates.