While the Seattle School Board meets in private today to determine the fate of Superintendent Goodloe-Johnson, the local media and blogosphere continue to speculate over what the board will decide, the political risks to the four board members who are up for reelection this year (Peter Maier, Steve Sundquist, Harium Martin-Morris and Sherry Carr) if they fail to dismiss the superintendent, or if they buy her out, who should replace the superintendent in either an interim or permanent position, and what changes to the central office and culture of the school district parents and SPS teachers and principals would like to see in a post-Goodloe-Johnson era.
Phyllis Fletcher of KUOW (94.9 FM) has been on the story for the past few days. Today, for the first time that I can recall, KUOW openly acknowledged Goodloe-Johnson’s backing from billionaire ed reformers, the Broad and Gates Foundations, and local business interests, and how those interests are at odds with those of the parents and community who have been on the receiving end of Goodloe-Johnson’s reform agenda and reject it.
As always, there’s a great discussion going on about all of this and more at the Seattle Public Schools Community Blog.
Tomorrow (Weds., March 2) the school board will hold its bimonthly public meeting. It’s expected to be a full house at the John Stanford Center district headquarters, which has been in the center of the storm this past week. None of us expect the superintendent to be in attendance, however. She is reportedly tending to her sick mother out of state. And she hasn’t been known to brave public dissent.
Tomorrow at 10 a.m., the Urban League, one of the local organizations that reaped the most money from former SPS employee Silas Potter’s fraudulent scheme, will hold a press conference, ostensibly in response to the state audit and legal findings that implicate it.
Last but not least, tomorrow also, Wendy Kopp of Teach for America, Inc. will be in town to promote her new book, One Day, All Children: The Unlikely Triumph of Teach For America and What I Learned Along the Way, and TFA, Inc’s 20 year anniversary. She will be speaking at MOHAI at 6:30 p.m. Free.
That conflicts with the school board meeting which runs from 6-9 p.m and could be historic. Which event will local parent activists choose? The school board meeting or the Kopp talk? I’m guessing the reformites will hang with Wendy and the rest of us will be closely watching our school board members, hopefully in action rather than inaction.
— Sue p.