Seattle School Board http://www.kplu.org en Do Arts Matter? Seattle School Board Candidates Weigh In http://www.kplu.org/post/do-arts-matter-seattle-school-board-candidates-weigh <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Do the arts matter? </span>ArtsEd<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Washington, a nonprofit advocacy group, queried school board candidates across the state about the influence of the arts in their own lives and whether arts education would be a priority if elected this November.</span></p><p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 20:45:31 +0000 Florangela Davila 10598 at http://www.kplu.org Three Reasons Why You Should Care about the School Board Race http://www.kplu.org/post/three-reasons-why-you-should-care-about-school-board-race <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Why should you care about the Seattle School Board race? Consider these three reasons:</span></p><p><strong>1. Unstable Board = Bad for Students</strong></p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 07:00:01 +0000 Florangela Davila 10561 at http://www.kplu.org Two Newcomers Vie for Seat on Seattle School Board http://www.kplu.org/post/two-newcomers-vie-seat-seattle-school-board <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two first-time candidates are facing off in a tight race for a seat on the Seattle School Board.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Suzanne Dale </span>Estey<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Sue Peters are both vying to represent District 4, which covers Queen Anne, Magnolia, and parts of Ballard.</span></p><p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 07:00:01 +0000 Florangela Davila 10563 at http://www.kplu.org Two Newcomers Vie for Seat on Seattle School Board Experts Tell Seattle School Board to Get its Act Together http://www.kplu.org/post/experts-tell-seattle-school-board-get-its-act-together <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A group of local and national experts is calling on the Seattle School Board to get its act together.</span></p><p>Specialists in school district governance say the research is clear: School board dysfunction matters. Seattle Pacific University professor Thomas Alsbury said drama in the board room can poison the whole organization, which affects students.</p><p>“When boards and central office leaders are viewed as unstable or chaotic, excellent principals and teachers choose to go elsewhere,” he said.</p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 22:55:23 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 9378 at http://www.kplu.org Experts Tell Seattle School Board to Get its Act Together One year in, Seattle schools chief says he's won over skeptics http://www.kplu.org/post/one-year-seattle-schools-chief-says-hes-won-over-skeptics <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seattle’s superintendent of schools was hired in hopes that he could avoid some of the turmoil and scandal of recent years. Jose </span>Banda<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> just wrapped up his first year in charge, and can claim some high-profile accomplishments. But some of the melodrama still lingers, with the school board sharply divided over its own role, and that of the superintendent.</span></p><p>Taking stock of his first year at the helm of Seattle Public Schools, Banda told KPLU a divided board has a definite effect on how he does his job.</p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 19:37:51 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 9275 at http://www.kplu.org One year in, Seattle schools chief says he's won over skeptics Public education honchos gather in anti-charter schools camp http://www.kplu.org/post/public-education-honchos-gather-anti-charter-schools-camp <p>Some prominent education officials, including the top dogs in Seattle and in Washington State, want voters to reject a ballot measure that would allow up to 40 charter schools in Washington. Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn is announcing his opposition to Initiative 1240 Thursday morning, the day after Seattle School Board members voted unanimously to oppose the ballot measure. Seattle Superintendent Jose Banda recently reiterated his personal disapproval of the initiative as well. Thu, 18 Oct 2012 19:22:48 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 6759 at http://www.kplu.org Public education honchos gather in anti-charter schools camp Seattle school counselors slam district over cuts http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-school-counselors-slam-district-over-cuts <p>Seattle school counselors say they&rsquo;re getting hit harder than ever by budget cuts, and a pack of them turned out at Wednesday&rsquo;s school board meeting to protest the latest round of layoffs.</p><p>It all stems from a change three years ago to how Seattle Public Schools funds counselors in elementary schools. The district stopped paying for them as regular employees, and instead gave schools a choice: use your discretionary money, or let them go. Now, almost two thirds of elementary schools don&rsquo;t have a counselor, and the district has sent pink slips to a dozen counselors at middle-and high schools.</p><p> Thu, 07 Jun 2012 17:49:27 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 5217 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle school counselors slam district over cuts Anaheim superintendent Banda picked for Seattle schools http://www.kplu.org/post/anaheim-superintendent-banda-picked-seattle-schools <p><em><strong>Updated</strong></em></p><p>The Seattle School Board is asking Anaheim School Superintendent Jose Banda to lead the Seattle school district.</p><div><p>The district says Board President Michael DeBell contacted Banda Sunday night, and he expressed his willingness to take the job.</p><p> Tue, 01 May 2012 00:20:28 +0000 The Associated Press & Keith Seinfeld 4878 at http://www.kplu.org Goodloe-Johnson fired; Enfield to lead Seattle Schools http://www.kplu.org/post/goodloe-johnson-fired-enfield-lead-seattle-schools <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-955561.mp3</p><p>Seattle&#39;s school board fired Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson&nbsp;and Don Kennedy, the district&#39;s chief financial officer, Wednesday evening, as was widely anticipated. The votes were unanimous.</p><p>The action was swift retribution following revelations of a financial scandal that drew the anger of board members and the public.&nbsp;The board then voted 6-1 to appoint Susan Enfield as interim superintendent.</p><p> Thu, 03 Mar 2011 16:17:52 +0000 Jennifer Wing & KPLU News Staff 919 at http://www.kplu.org Goodloe-Johnson fired; Enfield to lead Seattle Schools Seattle Public Schools chief faces sudden exit http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-public-schools-chief-faces-sudden-exit <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-955366.mp3</p><p>A financial scandal will likely force an abrupt end to the tenure of Seattle Public Schools superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson. The school board will vote Wednesday evening <a href="http://www.seattleschools.org/area/board/10-11agendas/030211agenda/030211agenda.pdf">on a motion to terminate</a> her contract.</p><p> Wed, 02 Mar 2011 13:31:45 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 912 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle Public Schools chief faces sudden exit Alleged fraud in Seattle Public Schools could mean staff changes, criminal charges http://www.kplu.org/post/alleged-fraud-seattle-public-schools-could-mean-staff-changes-criminal-charges <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-954238.mp3</p><p>The Seattle School Board could soon decide whether some district employees should lose their jobs over <a href="http://www.sao.wa.gov/auditreports/auditreportfiles/ar1005180.pdf">alleged fraud within the school system</a>. This week, the board expects to receive the results of an investigation into <a href="http://www.sao.wa.gov/findings/1003871.pdf">$1.8 million dollars in contracts</a> for services that might have never been completed, or even started.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 23 Feb 2011 23:40:10 +0000 Charla Bear 863 at http://www.kplu.org Alleged fraud in Seattle Public Schools could mean staff changes, criminal charges Teach for America coming to Seattle this fall http://www.kplu.org/post/teach-america-coming-seattle-fall <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-946387.mp3</p><p>Despite opposition from the local teachers' union and a lawsuit from parents and community groups, <a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/education/2013969632_teachforamerica19m.html">Teach for America has announced it will return to public schools in the Seattle area in the 2011-12 academic year.</a></p><p> Wed, 19 Jan 2011 00:54:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 553 at http://www.kplu.org Community group sues to keep Teach for America out of Seattle http://www.kplu.org/post/community-group-sues-keep-teach-america-out-seattle <p>A group of Seattle parents and community members has filed a lawsuit to stop <a href="http://www.seattleschools.org/area/main/index.dxml">Seattle Public Schools</a> from bringing <a href="http://www.teachforamerica.org/">Teach for America</a> to the city.</p> Sat, 18 Dec 2010 00:12:04 +0000 Charla Bear 393 at http://www.kplu.org