Seattle School Board

Garfield High School
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Ross Reynolds talks with Jesse Hagopian, education reformer and Garfield High School history teacher, about the swift appointment of Larry Nyland as superintendent of Seattle Public Schools. We also hear from board president Sherry Carr.

Seattle Public Schools superintendent Larry Nyland.
Courtesy of Seattle Public Schools

The Seattle School Board voted five to two Wednesday night to clear the way for Dr. Larry Nyland to become the city’s permanent schools superintendent. Nyland grew up in Seattle and graduated from Roosevelt High School. He came out of retirement last July to serve as interim schools chief.

Just before Thanksgiving the board made public their intention to forgo a national search and offer Nyland the post. That decision has been controversial.

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It’s 6:35 a.m. on a recent school day: time for Wendy VanKoevering to do the rounds. Anyone who’s had to wake up a teenager in the morning knows it can be a struggle.

Memories Of Busing In Seattle

Dec 16, 2013
Courtesy of MOHAI, Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection, 2000.107

David Hyde hears from three listeners about their experiences with the Seattle Plan. Heather, Martin, and Robert talk about their memories of the race-based busing program enacted by the Seattle School Board that lasted from 1972 to 1999.

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Ross Reynolds talks with KUOW education reporter Ann Dornfeld about the Seattle School Board's decision to approve a new school-assignment plan.

Candidate Websites

Seattle school board candidate Suzanne Dale Estey and her supporters are poised to raise more money than any other school board candidate in state history – even though a Washington state law passed last year put a cap on campaign contributions in school board races.

Candidate Websites

One of the hottest races on Seattle’s fall ballot isn't for mayor or city council, but a seat on the Seattle School Board.

Long hours. Little pay. And lots of public scrutiny.

Sounds like a dream job right?

Well it's often the very real experience of school board members, especially here in Seattle. But part of that job description could change. State Representative Reuven Carlyle is considering a proposal that would pay school board members $42,000 per year – the same as state lawmakers. As of now, school board members are only eligible for reimbursements of up to $4,800 per year.

What are the benefits of paying school board members? Does it lead to student improvement? Thomas Alsbury is professor of educational administration and supervision at Seattle Pacific University. He talked with Ross Reynolds about what the research says.

KUOW/Kara McDermott

Seattle School Board Elections
Six candidates are vying for two seats. The top 2 candidates in each district will advance to the general election in November. KUOW's education reporter Ann Dornfeld reports.

Writer Susan Orlean
Susan Orlean spends a lot of time working on her nonfiction. She spent ten years researching her most recent book “Rin Tin Tin.” What does it mean to devote yourself to a subject, almost to the point of obsession? We listen back to our conversation with Susan Orlean about her process and her passions.

Radio Retrospective: Radio Gets Involved In Hollywood
Last week, we looked at how Hollywood actors fared on the radio. Today we take a look at how radio adapted to the big screen. Movie stars often wandered off the mic during radio dramas because they were used to moving. Radio stars were the opposite. They were often too rigid, and had trouble working with props and delivering their lines simultaneously. Adapting radio scripts for feature length movies was another challenge. Did any radio-based skill succeed in film?

Recommended Eating
Food writer Sara Dickerman joins us with a lunch recommendation. Prefer to cook for yourself? She also has a pick for a great cookbook!

Suzanne Dale Estey

Jul 15, 2013
Courtesy Suzanne Dale Estey

Candidate for Seattle School District 4: Ballard, Queen Anne, Magnolia, Belltown

Occupation: Economic development consultant

Website: http://suzanne4schools.com

Top priorities:

  • Keep district focused on student outcomes.
  • Secure and maintain adequate levy and state funding.
  • Stabilize district leadership.

Dean McColgan

Jul 15, 2013
Courtesy Dean McColgan

Candidate for Seattle School District 4: Ballard, Queen Anne, Magnolia, Belltown

Occupation: Director of development at the Museum of Flight, former City Council member and mayor of Federal Way

Website: http://www.deanforseattleschools.org/

Top priorities:

  • Re-instill community trust in the school district.
  • Emphasize STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) education.
  • Allow teachers to innovate.

Sue Peters

Jul 15, 2013
Courtesy Sue Peters

Candidate for Seattle School District 4: Ballard, Queen Anne, Magnolia, Belltown

Occupation: Freelance writer and communications strategist, founding member of Parents Across America

Website: http://suepeters4schoolboard.org/

Top priorities:

  • Improve curriculum and reduce standardized testing.
  • Include community in making decisions.
  • Revamp special education and advanced learning services.

Stephan Blanford

Jul 15, 2013
Courtesy Stephan Blanford

Candidate for Seattle School District 5: Capitol Hill, Central Area, Leschi, Beacon Hill, Downtown

Occupation: Educational policy consultant

Website: http://blanfordforseattleschools.com

Top priorities:

  • Close the achievement gap.
  • Boost school performance.
  • Improve School Board functionality.

LaCrese Green

Jul 15, 2013
Courtesy LaCrese Green

Candidate for Seattle School District 5: Capitol Hill, Central Area, Leschi, Beacon Hill, Downtown

Occupation: Retired, volunteer tutor for Ethiopian immigrant children

Website: http://www.lacresegreen.com/

Top priorities:

  • Reduce racial inequity.
  • Stop school closures and reopen closed schools.
  • Increase community involvement with the School Board.

Olu Thomas

Jul 15, 2013

Candidate for Seattle School District 5: Capitol Hill, Central Area, Leschi, Beacon Hill, Downtown

Occupation: Unemployed social worker

Top priorities:

  • Reduce inequitable discipline of students of color.
  • Train teachers on cultural competency and other equity issues.
  • Convert unused school buildings to community centers.

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