It was a mistake that led to misinforming the public, says Seattle schools chief Maria Goodloe-Johnson. She apologized at last night’s Seattle School Board meeting. Goodloe-Johnson says she wants to assure the public that changes have been made to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
African American kids are more likely than any other students to start their educations in Seattle’s worst public schools. That’s according to a new report from University of Washington researchers. Community groups and school district administrators say it means schools are disproportionately failing kids who already face big hurdles to education.
A full slate of public testimony is expected at tonight's school board meeting in Seattle. The board is voting on a controversial proposal to allow new recruits from a national organization called Teach for America into Seattle's public schools. The program places top college grads – who don't have traditional teaching certificates - in underperforming schools.