Okay, boys and girls! We're going to play a new game. The new game is called "If I Were Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools", and here are the rules. Here in the Comments of this thread tell us what actions you would take if you were the next Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools. That, by itself, is enough fantasy, so please keep the proposed actions in the realm of reality - you may not have any staff keel-hauled, spend more than the budget, or hire Clark Kent (wink*wink*). Nor can you magically wave your wand and have all classes taught to the Standards, make all principals wise and kind, or give all teachers the ability to differentiate instruction. You're going to have to explain how you are going to manage these changes in culture and personnel.
Take your time. There are no bonus points for answering quickly.
Here's the great thing: other than the constraints of the budget and the existing contracts you pretty much have carte blanche. The Board has neither the balls, the interest, nor the authority to interfere with any of your decisions - so long as you keep your decisions outside of the range of policy and under $250,000. The State has never demonstrated any interest or ability to require compliance with any laws or regulations. We have all heard the talk about how Charter Schools have the precious Freedom to Innovate, and we have all known that public schools can have that freedom as well - if the district allows it (or tolerates it, or fails to notice it). We have bemoaned the fact that so few schools (public or charter) exercise that freedom. The truth is that the entire district has that freedom as well, by right in most ways and through lax enforcement by the state in just about every other way. The Superintendent is constrained by the budget and the contracts, but not by much else. So go wild, folks! Exercise that precious Freedom to Innovate.