The charter school shell game in Washington State: Money laundering at its best (or worst?) by way of OSPI

  If you haven’t been keeping up with the fight over charter schools in our state, for now just know that the Washington State Supreme Court recently ruled that charter schools are not common schools and therefore unconstitutional and cannot … Continue reading The charter school shell game in Washington State: Money laundering at its best (or worst?) by way of OSPI

Seattle, we missed a bullet with Broad Superintendent Goodloe-Johnson

US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Eli Broad at Broad’s 2009 Inaugural Party for President Obama. Yes, Eli Broad via Don Nielson and Goodloe-Johnson brought us Brad Bernatek, Michael Tolley (more on him later),  Teach for America, Inc. (TFA, … Continue reading Seattle, we missed a bullet with Broad Superintendent Goodloe-Johnson

More Letters to the School Board Requesting a Search for a Superintendent

Apparently the League of Education Voters (LEV) has started a letter writing campaign to encourage the board to not have a search for the position of superintendent in the Seattle Public School system. I suppose they like Dr. Enfield because she championed Teach for America, Inc. coming to Seattle. For whatever reason, they want to circumvent the process of selecting the appropriate candidate for the job. We do have an interim superintendent who was put into place hurriedly upon the firing of our former superintendent Dr. Goodloe-Johnson. It happened literally overnight. There has been no vetting of the interim superintendent … Continue reading More Letters to the School Board Requesting a Search for a Superintendent

Why Seattle Public Schools should conduct a thorough superintendent search (and why it can’t afford not to)

A letter to the Seattle Public School Board 1. Seattle should not choose a school superintendent by default — again. 2. There are financial and political risks to foregoing a search 3. The state auditor has already cited the school board for failing to exercise oversight. The superintendent search is no time to shirk responsibilities again. 4. Susan Enfield has not been thoroughly vetted by SPS as a superintendent candidate. 5. Why was Susan Enfield laid off by her previous employer, Evergreen School District (in Vancouver, WA)? 6. Why did Enfield’s previous employer (Evergreen) refuse to talk about her with … Continue reading Why Seattle Public Schools should conduct a thorough superintendent search (and why it can’t afford not to)

Questions for Our Interim Superintendent Susan Enfield

There is an odd survey that is being circulated by the Seattle school board to determine how parents feel about our Interim Superintendent  Susan Enfield. I would highly recommend that everyone take the survey and as Sue has suggested, if you cannot answer a question in a way that reflects your opinion, send an e-mail to the board members telling them exactly what you do think. But in the vein of asking questions of the public, we have a few for and about Dr. Enfield. 1. The question that burns a hole in my brain is why Dr. Enfield was … Continue reading Questions for Our Interim Superintendent Susan Enfield