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About the Seattle Shadow School Board....mission, vision


Seattle Shadow School Board endeavors to represent that public's interest as a watchdog of the Seattle Public School's Board of Directors.  This will be accomplished by monitoring Board decision making, State Audits of the schools, and making policy recommendations to the Board of Directors.


Seattle Shadow School Board primarily represents the views of parents who understand that "Education Reform" is primarily a privatization agenda, and serves the interests of business over the interests of children. S3B is an organization that recognizes the need for change of public education, but desires a model of change that serves the best interests of children, rather than the best interests of business.


The goal of  Seattle Shadow School Board and our partners Seattle-Ed 2010 and Social Equality Educators (a caucus of the local teachers' union) is to help people recognize the trap that the Education Reform/School Choice movement way of thinking creates for the well-being of our children and their ability to be truly creative and critical thinkers and not a bunch of "garbage-in/garbage out" automatons.  It is also to help people realize that Ed Reform preys on schools that serve high proportions of low income children. It seeks to use "turnaround" of these schools to create business opportunities for "educational entreprenuers."  It seeks to turn these schools into test prep factories, but does not seek to better the educational experience and future opportunities of the children who attend these schools.


Seattle Shadow School Board seeks that


Reverse Chronology of Significant Events in the Life of Seattle Public Schools


05 October 2010  Diane Ravitch makes a virtual appearance in Seattle, with co-panelists Dora Taylor, co-editor of Seattle Education 2010;   Wayne Au with Rethinking Schools,  and Jesse Hagopian, a founding member of SEE, Social Equality Educators caucus of the Seattle Teachers Union. .   


04 October  2010  The League of Women Voters decided to take "no position" on the November 2010 ballot measure for a special levy for Seattle Public Schools.  "...With the 2010 audit results this summer, we are additionally concerned about responsible, transparent use of the Seattle Public School's resources for the benefit of children in the classroom and accountability to the voters...."  See the full statement on page 13 of this document: :


04 October 2010  Community members noticed that a proposal from the Superintendent to allow Teach For America recruits to teach in SPS quietly appeared on the agenda for the Wed. Oct 6 board meeting. After expressions of outrage from the community, the introduction item was removed from the agenda. 


21 Sept 2010  Court rejects voters petition to recall four school board directors.


Sept 2010  Teachers vote in favor of contract proposal; Teachers Union votes with near unanimity to declere "No-Confidence" in the Superintendent.


01 Sept 2010, 4:30 pm


18 Aug 2010 RALLY WEDN  5:20 PM :  Parents, show your support for teacher opposition to SERVE at an SEA rally at the John Stanford Center 2445 3rd Avenue S.on Wednesday, just before the board meeting. Please bring signs.  Click here to see ideas for anti-Education Reform slogans.  


Aug 2010: SPS is pushing SEA teacher's union to accept merit pay and other anti-child provisions.

06 Aug 2010:  Parents file an appeal of the Board's decision to purchase a MAP subscription for the 2010-2011 school year 

22 July 2010 Appeal is filed. 

22 July 2010  Petitions for recall are filed. 

07 July 2010  School Board votes to add a third year to Superintendent's contract.

06 July 2010  State Auditor's report on SPS released 

21 June As if this date schools have signed no-confidence resolutions: Franklin High School,  Ballard High School, Sanislo,  Schmitz Park, Laurelhurst,  Orca, Ida B Wells, Green Lake Elementary and Maple Elementary. West Seattle HS, A signature on the community declaration of no-confidence indicates that John Rogers staff also lacks confidence in the Superintendent.


June 21 SEA recommends non-extension of Superintendent's here 


Please sign the community no-confidence petition, opposing the adding of a year to the Superintendent's current contract


 Superintendent No-Confidence Rallies in June/July 2010


To view the proposal

  1.  on or after June 11,  Click here.  (this link will be cold until June 11).  This will bring up the agenda for the June 16 meeting. Here is the full URL, in case the preceding ("click here") link doesn't work:
  2.  Wihin the pdf file that will open in a separate window, look through the "introduction agenda" section for a title pertaining to the Superintendent's performance evaluation and/or contract. Click on the hot links that you see associated with that agenda item. One of these will contain the proposed changes to the Superintendent's contract.



Articles and essays pertaining to this year's cycle of the annual evaulation of the Superintendent.


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