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I did a PRR for the lawsuit that was filed against the school board. Below is a link: Lawsuit.pdf
The School Board has 20 days from date of receipt to respond - which would be March 4.
Tags: 13.2.05262.8, KN7, board, lawsuit, school, tukwila
Thank you for doing this, Ellen. I have downloaded and will read tomorrow.
Yes - thanks Ellen. I just skimmed it and found it rather entertaining.
Many thanks Ellen. I also have a copy and have skimmed it, though need to read a bit more thoroughly.
In related news, I understand via the community grapevine that the Foster principal has just resigned, effective at the end of the year. If this is true, and I realize it may not be, how on EARTH does that school cycle through so many administrators? Holy cow, I think this is the fifth one in seven years, or something crazy like that! A little concerning, as a parent in the district...
Sarah, I had not heard that.
Although one can only imagine that it is a very stressful working environment.
And how difficult would it be to grow programs if there is always turmoil in the administration.
I got the news from a parent up there. If it is true the reason behind the resignation hasn't/isn't being broadcast. Yes, I agree on the environment. It can't be pretty. If it is so bad that the adults want to bolt, it makes me wonder about what the kids are experiencing.
For me, I want to hear the school's response. It's hard for me to discern what is the truth at this point. I read the complaint, and followed the Burke situation previously. I think all sides should have an opportunity to be heard. The situation seems like a hot mess, with strong feelings on both sides.
I was interested in reading the recent Reporter article that mentions the following:
Mell also said she will amend the initial complaint against the district to include student achievement and facilities issues, among other concerns that will be filed by the end of March.
In my reading of the complaint, I had not noticed any complaint that particularly mentioned the impact on the students. It seemed to mostly discuss the employment issues.
I have no idea what is going on; but one thing that seems apparent is that there is a lot of energy spent on this, that is not available for helping our students. I hope that this matter can be worked out. After all, aren't we supposed to be the adults?
I agree with Ellen on this. Reading the complaints/charges should convince no one of anything. Let's see what happens.
Deborah, I find your comments very thought provoking. I'm not sure how your comments
If I am in a decision-making position, am White and recognize that my organization does not represent my constituency, then I can reach out to representative members and willingly support their membership in that organization, even if it is at the cost of my own membership.
Would you advocate decision makers in all groups that don't represent their constituency recruit and support replacements to themselves? The Tukwila City Council and most certainly Tukwila city staff do not come close to accurately reflecting the current demographics in Tukwila. Yet we have few contested elections for council seats and very low turnover in staff.
I'm personally disheartened that more citizens don't participate in our government and schools. But I'm not sure where the responsibility lies. Certainly the government and schools have a duty to be transparent and inclusive, but don't the citizens have a responsibility to show up?
In recent books I've read including "Bowling Alone -The Collapse and Revival of American Community" and "BETTER TOGETHER: Restoring the American Community," it seems that connecting diverse communities would help attain goals. But when organizations or governments are the stakeholders there seems to be reluctance to "broaden the net" and try and create new connections that don't include these entities.
Building community benefits everyone. Keeping power in silos benefit the power holders, and where there is apathy and disengagement - regardless the cause, silos are built.
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