Chappelle will seek to form stronger strategic partnerships with Seattle Public Schools, institutions of higher learning and other education stakeholders throughout the region, with an eye to improving outcomes for all Seattle children.
Well, well, it certainly looks a Trojan horse coming thru that no longer needs its cover.
From Dr. Nyland:
We are so proud of Mr. Chappelle and are thrilled that the mayor has chosen someone with such integrity, accomplishment, talent and dedication to equity. Mr. Chappelle has been a positive, transformative leader at Rainier Beach High School over the past four years. He has worked side-by-side with students, families and the dedicated Rainier Beach staff to create a college-going culture, elevating expectations for students by bringing in the International Baccalaureate Program. Under his leadership, graduation rates have soared and enrollment has almost doubled. As Director of the Department of Education and Early Learning, Mr. Chappelle will continue to be a strong advocate for the Rainier Beach community, and will now be able to advocate for equity and excellence for students across the entire city. I look forward to partnering with Mr. Chappelle in his new role in service of our 53,000 students.”
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has chosen Rainier Beach High School principal Dwane Chappelle as his pick to lead the city's education department, the mayor will announce Thursday.
Chappelle will be the first non-interim director of the newly-created Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning, which opened in January to oversee the city's preschool and child care initiatives and administer programs funded by the city's Families and Education Levy.
It's not immediately clear when Chappelle would start at the department. The city council must first approve the mayor's choice.
It's also not clear what this means for long-time head of the department, Holly Miller. But it certainly might be helpful for the City's Pre-k program to have someone who knows (kinda) Seattle schools.