There is a belief that our school district could be reformed if the Mayor were granted the authority to appoint two school board members. That belief must be predicated on the knowledge that there are two people who, if they were on the Board, could do the job, but who, for some reason, could not be elected to the Board.
Who are these Golden Two? And why can't they win a school board election?
There are a couple possible answers.
The two people could be school board candidates who lost elections because the foolish voters preferred their opponents. HB 1497 would replace the voters' bad judgement with the mayor's sound judgement and those two candidates would take their rightful place on the Board where they would whip this district into shape. Since the bill is coming in the wake of the 2013 election, can we conclude that the Golden Two are Susan Dale-Estes and LaCrese Green?
Or could it be that the Golden Two did not wish to subject themselves to the democratic process? Could it be that there are two potentially brilliant school board directors in Seattle who, for whatever reason, choose not to enter a campaign. They would only serve if the job were handed to them. Who are these unelected crusaders for children? Surely we would know their names. Surely they would be people who are routinely begged to run for the Board but demure.
Do we really want someone in that role if that person didn't want to engage the public or in public discussion of their plans, priorities, and positions on school matters? What kind of person would do well on the Board but could not tolerate a few months of political campaigning?
Conjecture may be fun, but it is pointless. I think we should ask either Mr. Pettigrew or Mr. Murray who these two people are and, at the same time, ask them why these two people can't win election to the Board.