In one of the most shameful and disrespectfully written editorials I've ever read in the Times, they urge the Mayor and the City Council to make taking over the majority of the Seattle School Board positions a top legislative priority.
It's a funny thing because I JUST today wrote the Board about a couple of other issues but warned them of this. Now we all know there is no love between me and the Times so no one gave me a heads up. You could have seen this coming from the signs put out by Burgess and Murray a mile away.
Here's what I just told the Board in an e-mail:
No, I'm not clairvoyant - I just can see where Mayor Murray and Councilman Burgess are heading.
This from the Seattle Times:
the value of a city department of education is diluted as long as the
Seattle school board (sic) remains mired in dysfunction. With the
elected board whipsawed by ideologies and personalities, Seattle is now
looking at its fifth superintendent in a decade. It is telling that
three left for smaller school districts. The district's special
education department - on its eighth chief in five years - is an
embarrassment, as shown by a Monday Seattle Times news report.
Murray is going to make a lasting difference on education, he needs
power to ensure competent leadership is part of the seven-member school
board. The mayor of Oakland has the power to appoint three members to a
10-member local school board.
Doing something like that here requires state legislation. They asked Murray and he said, "It makes it easier to get something done."
City Council and the mayor (sic) should make mayoral power over the
school board a top legislative priority for the 2015 session.
Where - to - start?
is quite the throwdown to you as a Board and I would suggest a strong
response. It should include the message that the MAIN goal for this
Legislative session is NOT to overthrow the Seattle School Board but to
fully fund McCleary. (I guess the Times must have missed that
discussion in the Supreme Court today.)
If any of you believe in this nonsense, then please, for everyone's sake, show yourself.
this is an incredibly disrespectful editorial and there is no mistaking
that. And, they don't just want a couple of appointments - they want
Any ideas that anyone had about being "partners"
with the City on preschool should be put on hold (especially if the
City's proposition passes).
Do you trust people who are trying to end
the elected control of the School Board? The control of ONE job, YOUR
job - public education - and not a multitude of jobs as the Mayor has.
can only say - as respectfully as I can - that if your Board or the
previous one - had not allowed yourselves to be intimidated or shamed by
this "dysfunction" talk or "micromanaging," maybe this wouldn't be
But I, for one, will not let this stand and any
Seattle legislator who promotes this may find his or herself an outcast
in Seattle because the one thing I know -after more than decade in
activism - is that Seattleites will not let this happen.
End of e-mail
The Times wants a fight? They are going to get a fight.