Update: Too hot in the kitchen? This story has all but disappeared from the Times' website. The other stories it appeared with are either still at the top of the webpage or have moved to the Local section. This one? You have to do a search to find it. Hmm.
The Times has an "article" about the upcoming Board elections oddly titled "Shadow of Fired Chief Looms Over Schools Vote."
I put article in quotes because it is an incredibly skewed accounting of the candidates for School Board (except for the incumbents who mostly seem to get a pass except for Peter Maier who I believe may be the fall guy for this election). It's hard to believe this is supposed to pass for objective reporting.
The title seems odd to me because I don't think this election is about Maria Goodloe-Johnson. At least not her firing. It IS about ed reform and its role in Seattle Public Schools.
From the article:
Nearly all of the 11 challengers indict the four incumbents up for re-election for being too sober, for missing signs of a looming financial scandal and for an upswell of frustration among some parents with key policy and curriculum decisions.
No, I don't think anyone is unhappy with the incumbents being "too sober." It's more like needing to be "more attentive" or "more engaged" or even "paying attention."
What is also interesting is the article calls out the near-firing of Martin Floe and the closure of Cooper Elementary at the forefront of neighborhood issues. I'd say the bigger issues are capacity management and what academic materials being used in our classrooms.
The incumbents stress the need for "stability" and "continuity." What has this district been but churn, churn, churn for the last four years? C'mon, where's the stability in senior leadership? All we have seen is a revolving door of people, coming and going, and who's on first? And stability of the Board is going to change all that?
Honestly, I don't get what is going on at the Times but I think we are ruffling some feathers because this article sure wouldn't win any Pulitzer.