From Rep. Gerry Pollet's Facebook page:
At my urging, the bill to split the Seattle School District added a public vote. Chair Sharon Tomiko Santos agreed with my suggestion that, at least, those of us who live in the Seattle School District, and send our children to school here, should have a say with a vote. So, bill passed with that amendment.
But, as I said in opposing this, what is the problem that splitting is supposed to fix?
The sponsors have no answer.
Unfortunately, this was seen as chance to stick it to Seattle by Republicans who philosophically claim they support local control and decision making. But, they gleefully supported a bill that requires breakup of Seattle's School District based on a plan to be devised by 9 unelected staff of "education service districts" from around the state.
Why should the directors of 9 statewide education service districts be the ones to decide how to break up OUR district, divide OUR city, choose which schools OUR children attend, choose how we elect OUR board members???
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As I said to Rep. Pollet, he nailed it. It's very much as I suspected and it seems quite craven for the reps in the 37th to play into the dislike of Seattle by Republican members.
I asked him how this vote would work. Could Seattle voters say no to a proposed plan? Then what?
As well, that issue of how the members of the schools boards of each district are placed - is it via vote or appointment? And the ESDs - from around the state - get to decide all this for Seattle?
And if there are seven members on the current Board, do they split to whatever district area the new districts have? How would they fill the remaining places - election or appointment?
It's utter nonsense.
Here's where you can write your legislators on HB 2048 and urge a no vote.