Learning from Past Mistakes: Seattle Public School’s Greatest Superintendent Misses, Part 1: Joseph Olchefske

Editor’s note: As Seattle Public Schools starts to narrow the field of potential superintendents it’s important to learn from past mistakes. Example one: Joseph Olchefske. -Carolyn Leith From February 5, 2017: THE BALLAD OF JOSEPH OLCHEFSKE: MIDDLE COLLEGE, ED-REFORM MARKET FAILURE, AND … Continue reading Learning from Past Mistakes: Seattle Public School’s Greatest Superintendent Misses, Part 1: Joseph Olchefske

An Open Letter to Dr. Nyland and the Seattle School Board in Support of Our Striking School Bus Drivers

By choosing to use drivers who have crossed the picket lines to staff the prioritized Title One school and special education routes, the district is siding with First Student and is weakening the power of the workers as they fight … Continue reading An Open Letter to Dr. Nyland and the Seattle School Board in Support of Our Striking School Bus Drivers

The Ballad of Joseph Olchefske: Middle College, Ed-Reform Market Failure, and the March of Online Learning

What do you think should happen in this scenario? The superintendent of the largest school district in the state, through mismanagement and carelessness, runs up a crippling 35 million dollar deficit? If you believe in the efficiency of the market, … Continue reading The Ballad of Joseph Olchefske: Middle College, Ed-Reform Market Failure, and the March of Online Learning

An open letter to Superintendent Nyland: Save Middle College High School

Dear Dr. Nyland, I am writing to you and other senior administrators today to express my support for Middle College High School (MCHS).  MCHS families received a letter from Principal Nash last week stating that staff members at the University … Continue reading An open letter to Superintendent Nyland: Save Middle College High School

An open letter to the Seattle School Board: Rethink idea of a raise and contract extension for Superintendent Nyland

The following is an open letter from parent, Jill MacCorkle, to Seattle’s current and newly elected School Board Directors. At the November 18, 2015 School Board meeting, Directors will be voting on a raise and contract extension for Superintendent Nyland. … Continue reading An open letter to the Seattle School Board: Rethink idea of a raise and contract extension for Superintendent Nyland