Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Seattle Schools Community Forum: The Stranger vs The Seattle Times: School Board Endorsements

Seattle Schools Community Forum: The Stranger vs The Seattle Times: School Board Endorsements:

The Stranger vs The Seattle Times: School Board Endorsements


District IV:
Times Eden Mack
The Times gave Mack their strongest endorsement for school board as compared to Chelsea Byers (tepid, both with what the Times said and what Byers said) and Alec Cooper (short).
Eden Mack is fully prepared to be on the Seattle School Board. 

The Stranger Eden Mack
"Eden Mack is the wonkiest education wonk who ever wonked."

Me Eden Mack 
Ditto on the comments made by the Times and The Stranger.


District V
Times - Alec Cooper
But his experience as a director at both Amazon and Microsoft, plus volunteer work as treasurer and president of the Garfield High School PTSA and his deep knowledge of district and state education policy, make Cooper uniquely qualified for the school-board position. 

The Stranger - Zachary DeWolf
Good stuff from The Stranger on DeWolf
 "Racial, gender, economic, and social justice [work] is a way of life and should be embedded within how we teach and how students learn... throughout their whole career at Seattle Public Schools," DeWolf said. "It's what makes quality public education." 
 but also this:
If we're being real, with a résumé like his, DeWolf is a little too qualified to be a school board member—the school board is where political ambitions go to die. We'd much rather be endorsing DeWolf for city council or state legislature.

This is true; Seattle School Board is no launch pad for higher office.

Me - I find Alec Cooper, Zachary DeWolf and Andre Helmstetter all to be credible candidates who each have strengths and weaknesses.  I give the nod more to Cooper and Helmstetter if only because of their deep knowledge of the district which is an absolute plus for a new director.

The other candidate - Omar Vasquez - who was rejected by both the Times and The Stranger is my sole (and loud) no for this race.  

District VII
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