"Perhaps the greatest challenge we face in addressing the opportunity gap is the persistent disparities in our public schools," said Murray, in an statement promoting the event. schools," said Murray, in an statement promoting the event. "This is not just the responsibility of the Seattle school district.This is clever way for the Mayor to get the City more involved but really he should have said:
"Perhaps the greatest challenge we face in addressing the opportunity gap is the persistent disparities in our city.."
Because that is equally true AND his turf.
About the next steps after the Summit which is the work of the Mayor's Advisory Group:
Banks is on the mayor’s advisory group that will hold a series of meetings after the summit, and draw up a list of recommendations for the mayor. That plan has drawn criticism because the advisory group meetings won’t be open to the public.
And she says the closed-door meetings shouldn’t make people suspicious.It's hard to know what to say to that. I will point out that when I was on the Closure and Consolidation Committee, we DID close our final two days of session and some were not happy. But our committee was going to make real and dramatic recommendations to the superintendent. Our two days were full 8+ hour days and we worried that people would wander in and out and not have heard all the discussions and lose context.
"It’s really hard to do strategic work if you open it to the public," Banks said. "I hope people will trust us, because I think at the end of the day, all of us, including Mayor Murray, we want the best for all kids in the Seatttle-King County area."
The Mayor's committee is quite unlikely to anything like all-day sessions and, if this group is anything like the HALA committee which had about 40+ recommendations, then the recommendations are likely to be more suggestions to pick from than actual recommendations.
I'll note that Daniel Beekman over at the Times had a good article this week over how the Mayor said one thing about inclusionary housing and is doing another. They "rebranded" their housing plan with different wording. Indeed, the HALA report changed some wording as well around putting in schools on the street floor of any city housing created, from "charter school" to "public school." I was never able to get anyone to answer who/why charters would have come before any SPS school.
If things are to change for public schools, some of that has to come from the City and where housing is located is one big issue.