For the past nine years, I have been deeply involved in Seattle’s public schools, as a parent of two, a school volunteer, an education blogger, a member of district task forces and as a local and national public education advocate.
I would like to help steer the largest school district in Washington State in a positive direction. I believe that I can serve the Seattle school community even better as a representative on the school board.
As a growing district of almost 50,000 students and counting, in a highly educated, book-loving, growing town, Seattle has the opportunity right now to be a national leader in visionary, progressive public education practices.
Learning from the experience of other states and nations, it is clear that the right direction is away from the current national obsession with high-stakes standardized testing, as well as uniformity, overcrowded classrooms, antagonism towards professional teachers, and towards richer and solid curricula, creativity, collaboration, respect for the teaching profession and a dedication to promoting the joy of learning in our schools and all our children.
We need to foster a public education system that embraces and celebrates the individuality of all our children and facilitates their ability to reach their full potential, whether that be through the arts, sciences, mathematics, humanities, music, or all of the above.
We need to make fiscally responsible decisions that prioritize directing resources to the classroom. I believe that too often there has been a disconnect between decisions that are made at district headquarters, and the needs and realities of our schools and families.
So I am committed to make sound decisions and choices that will benefit all the children of Seattle’s public schools and which correspond to the actual needs and requests of our families and school communities.
I welcome the support of the readers of the Seattle Education blog and beyond.
Sue Peters for Seattle School Board, District IV