According to the Seattle Times, the latest Elway poll has the race for state superintendent of public instruction at a dead heat between Erin Jones and Chris Reykdal. A lot of undecideds out there.
I think like many of the down ballot judicial races, many people have no idea who to vote for for state superintendent. You may have friends who don 't have kids in school and/or don't necessarily pay attention to public education issues.
Help them out and tell them how you are voting for state superintendent.
Again, I'm supporting Chris Reykdal.
I believe he has the best skill set and background. He is a steady presence and supported by legislators on both sides of the aisle as well as by top leadership at OSPI. He has been endorsed by the Network for Public Education that was started by former deputy secretary of education and noted educator, Diane Ravitch.
From the very beginning of this race, I talked to both candidates and found them both capable and caring. I have said that over and over about Jones. But I do not believe she is ready for this job.
She's had several missteps in representing her positions especially around LGBT students and on the issue of charter schools. She's had to backpedal and rephrase and now one supporter says she didn't have as much time as Reykdal to answer one set of questions from one group. Because of that one LGBT group and The Stranger rescinded their endorsement of her. That's a big deal.
One ed reform tip-off? Another supporter calling Reykdal "the status quo." That is absolutely one of the dog whistles for ed reformers. Is Reykdal a legislator? Yes. Was current superintendent, Dorn? Yes. Does that make them exactly alike? Of course not.
She also clearly has charter supporters on her side and I can only say from watching races around the country for the last couple of years, that those people do not invest in candidates that they don't believe will support their cause.
Because of that polling, you might consider telling your family and friends who you are voting for in this race. I hope that choice - the best choice - is Chris Reykdal.