The Struggle over Mayoral Control of Seattle’s School Board

  This article was originally published in The Progressive. Snuffing out Democracy-the Struggle over Mayoral Control of Seattle’s School Board Seattle and the state of Washington have determinedly resisted the expanding privatization of our nation’s schools. Citizens protested standardized testing … Continue reading The Struggle over Mayoral Control of Seattle’s School Board

Email shows how Seattle Mayor Ed Murray plans to take over the school board

  If Mayor Murray wants to address the “achievement/opportunity gap” in a way that is more appropriate to his office, he needs to focus on a living wage for all in Seattle and affordable housing. That will go a long … Continue reading Email shows how Seattle Mayor Ed Murray plans to take over the school board

Bill Gates in Washington State: Mayoral Control and Charter Schools

With a blanket permission by Anthony Cody to repost his work: The cities where our foundation has put the most money in is where there’s a single person responsible. In New York, Chicago and Washington, DC, the mayor has responsibility … Continue reading Bill Gates in Washington State: Mayoral Control and Charter Schools

The 32nd, 34th, 36th and the 37th Democratic Legislative Districts passed resolutions opposing mayoral control

So far the 37th Democratic Legislative District unanimously passed a resolution opposing the bill that would allow the mayor to appoint two members to the school board. The 36th District also passed a similar resolution unanimously along with the 34th Democratic … Continue reading The 32nd, 34th, 36th and the 37th Democratic Legislative Districts passed resolutions opposing mayoral control

The 37th Legislative District passed a resolution against Mayoral Control

This just in: Tonight, February 9th, the 37th Legislative District, home to Representatives Pettigrew who sponsored the mayoral control bill and Representative Santos who sponsored a bill along with Pettigrew to split the school district in half along racial lines, … Continue reading The 37th Legislative District passed a resolution against Mayoral Control

League of Women Voters’ testimony on mayoral control House Bill 1497

    The following was testimony given by Catherine Ahl, Education Chair for the League of Women Voters of Washington at the hearing for HB 1497 in front of the House Education Committee on Tuesday, February 3, 2015: Founded by activists … Continue reading League of Women Voters’ testimony on mayoral control House Bill 1497

A letter to Representatives Santos and Pettigrew from the Seattle NAACP Education Chair re: Mayoral Control Bill 1497

  Dear Representatives Santos and Pettigrew: I am a resident of the 37th District and am opposed to the highlighted part of HB1497 shown below: …any first class school district having within its boundaries a city with a population of … Continue reading A letter to Representatives Santos and Pettigrew from the Seattle NAACP Education Chair re: Mayoral Control Bill 1497

House Rep. Eric Pettigrew, House Bill 1497, mayoral control and the money

  The cities where our foundation has put the most money in is where there’s a single person responsible. In New York, Chicago and Washington, DC, the mayor has responsibility for the school system. So instead of having a committee … Continue reading House Rep. Eric Pettigrew, House Bill 1497, mayoral control and the money