Coogan went to the ed reform statement well with "change is hard", saying teachers were resistant to new ideas.
(Union president Brian) Seigel said Tukwila has seen administrative budgets grow at a rate higher than just about any other similar sized district in the state.Additionally,
At the same time, teachers say classroom programs have been cut.
“Our best programs, such as our before and after school tutoring programs, are being cut,” said Seigel.
Last August, KING 5 aired accusations by the district’s academic chief that money was being misspent and that student learning was suffering.
Dr. Gregory King said Coogan spent too much money on pricey, out-of-state consultants – while cutting programs for teaching assistants and academic coaches. He pointed to a $65,000 payment to an “executive coach” from Ohio.
Since that story aired, King quietly left the district with a $200,000 settlement in hand, according to records received by KING 5.