Here's what he said in his speech about public education:
As mayor, I will make education at every level the foundation of the
city’s work. We need to move from being an educated city to becoming an
education city. As Mayor, I will use every possible tool in my toolbox
to make sure that our education system is delivering the education and
skills that our kids need and our economy demands. I’ll work with the
council on bold ideas like universal pre-school and use the Road Map
Project’s “Cradle to Career” indicators and milestones to push for
better leadership and resources for education.
We can no longer close our eyes to the sad fact that we are failing
too many kids—this is not an achievement gap, because these kids have it
in them to succeed. It is an opportunity gap, because we have not done
what we need to do to lift kids up and give them what they need. We as a
city cannot move forward economically while leaving so many of our own
kids behind – that kind of tension can only hold for so long before
Once again, our sense of togetherness must inform the questions we ask and the solutions we propose.
As Mayor, I’ll push more resources for dual-language programs that
have proven to be effective and respect the diverse language abilities
of Seattle’s kids. I’ll bring stakeholders together to make sure that
teachers have the training and certification they need to work with the
diversity of languages and cultures that are in our schools. And even
as we’re making sure that more kids are graduating and are college or
career-ready, I’m also going to make sure that if they do graduate, they
have jobs right here in Seattle.
First off, I'd love to know what "make education at every level of the foundation of the city's work" would look like.
"Tool in the toolbox?" Tired and an ed reform favorite.
Okay, so he restates the achievement gap as an opportunity gap. So what? What supports does he propose beyond universal preschool.
On dual-language programs, popularity does not = success. How does he know they are effective?
And I REALLY would like to know how he is going to make sure that teachers have the PD and training they need (but I'm not sure if he means to teach dual-language or to be culturally competent in the classroom).