|Seattle Public Schools, District 7|
|Years in position||5|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 3, 2009|
|Bachelor's||Antioch University, Seattle|
|Master's||Antioch University, Seattle|
|Profession||Intervention program manager|
Patu received a Bachelor's degree in Educational Leadership from Antioch University, Seattle. She later earned a Master's degree in Educational Administration from Antioch University. Patu has worked for 32 years as an intervention program manager with Seattle Public Schools.
- See also: Seattle Public Schools elections (2013)
Patu sought re-election to the District 7 seat on the Board of Directors without opposition on November 5, 2013.
|Seattle Public Schools Board of Directors, General election, District 7, Four-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Betty Patu Incumbent||98.2%||121,914|
|Source: King County Elections, "Certified Results," November 25, 2013|
Patu reported no contributions or expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.
|Seattle Board of Directors, District 6, November 3, 2009|
|Source: King County Elections|
What was at stake?
Incumbent Patu sought re-election without opposition in District 7. Districts 4 and 5 have new members as incumbents Michael DeBell and Kay Smith-Blum did not file for re-election. Both districts held primaries on August 6, 2013 with the top two candidates in each district moving to the general election that was held on November 5, 2013.
The Seattle Public Schools Board of Directors confront strained resources and legal cases stemming from past abuses of students. The district experienced a 9.5% increase in enrollment between 2008 and 2012. This enrollment increase coincides with declining money from the federal stimulus program as well as cuts to support services in recent budgets. These issues played into disagreements between the district and the Seattle Education Association (SEA) over a new contract for teachers. On September 3, teachers voted to approve a two-year contract that increased pay by 2% and included test scores in teacher evaluations.
Another area of concern for the district is a series of lawsuits brought by six former and current students seeking damages totaling $29 million. These damages are related to instances of sexual abuse by former teacher Phil McGee as well as an incident where a student was convicted of sexual assault against another student.
About the district
- See also: Seattle Public Schools, Washington
Seattle outperforms state averages for higher education achievement and median income while lagging behind in poverty levels. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (55.8%) exceeds the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Seattle's median income at $61,856 while the state median income was $58,890. Seattle had a poverty rate of 13.2% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.
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- Washington school districts
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- Seattle Public Schools elections (2013)
- The Seattle Times, "Profile of Seattle School Board District 7 candidates," October 20, 2009
- Washington Public Disclosure Commission, "Local Candidates," accessed December 17, 2013
- King County Elections, "Election Results, November 3, 2009" accessed August 2, 2013
- Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. "Student Enrollment Cohort Projections, 2012," accessed August 2, 2013
- Seattle Public Schools, "Budget Office, Current and Past Budgets," accessed August 2, 2013
- Capitol Hill Seattle Blog, "Teachers ratify contract, Seattle Public Schools start new year Wednesday," September 3, 2013
- KUOW, "Seattle School District Faces $29 Million In Sex Abuse Liability," July 22, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Seattle," accessed August 1, 2013
- King County Elections, "Election Archive," accessed August 1, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014