Seattle Public Schools, Washington
|Seattle Public Schools|
|Number of schools:||95|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Kay Smith-Blum|
About the district
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%.
The current Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools is Jose Banda who has served in the position since July 2012. Banda previously served as Superintendent of Anaheim City School District for four years.
The Seattle Public Schools Board of Directors consists of seven members elected in geographic districts to four-year terms. Members run within their districts during primaries and citywide during general elections. Each member can be compensated $50 per day for district matters with maximum compensation of $4,800 per year.
School board elections
- See also: Seattle Public Schools elections (2013)
Members of the Board of Directors are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Three seats on the board were up for election on November 5, 2013, and four seats will be on the ballot on November 3, 2015.
Public participation in board meetings
The Seattle Public Schools Board of Directors maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:
|“|| The Board of Directors of Seattle Public Schools welcomes the public to the business meetings of the Board and dedicates time at these meetings to hear from the public on agenda items and other issues of concern.
It is important for all community members to feel welcome and safe in the Board’s business meetings. Audience members will be expected to treat all attendees with respect and civility, just as Seattle Public Schools expects of students in our schools.
The time limits must be observed so that 20 people will be able to speak during the time allotted for public testimony. In order to provide opportunities to address the Board, speakers are allowed only one 2-minute time per meeting. If you are not one of the first 20, you can ask to be added to the wait list.
If you want to give your time to someone else, you must attend the Board meeting and announce this to the Board when it is your turn to speak. The person to whom you cede your time will receive the remainder of your 2 minutes and should speak to the same topic.
If you have handouts to give to the Board, please bring 10 copies and give them to Board staff ahead of the meeting. No one should approach the dais with handouts.
The Board does not take public comments on issues related to personnel or individually named staff at Board meetings; speakers will be ruled out of order by the president. The president will also rule a speaker out of order for the use of name-calling, profanity, racial slurs or threats. Persons who attempt to disrupt the meeting will be asked to leave.
How to Sign Up for Public Testimony
The Board agenda is posted by close of business the Friday before Board meetings. The School Board Officewill take sign-ups for the public testimony list starting at 8:00am on the Monday before regular Board meetings and continue until 12:00 noon Tuesday before the meeting. The final list of public testimony will be posted on the Board agenda web site by close of business the day before the regular Board meeting.
To sign up for public testimony, members of the public should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (206) 252-0040 and give their legal name, telephone number, e-mail address, and the topic they would like to address. (Since Seattle Public Schools is a public agency, this information will fall into the public domain.) If complete information is not provided, you will not be included on the list. Please note, only the person who will be providing testimony may request the spot.
The School Board Office is not able to contact every person who requests to speak at the meeting. Each person should check the website on Tuesday after 5:00pm to see where they are on the testimony list or whether they are on the waitlist.
Seattle Public Schools publishes its annual budget on its website.
|Expenditures by Category|
|School Year||Staff Expenses||Student Services||Operational Expenses||Debt Service||Other||Budget Total|
|Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget|
Seattle Public Schools employed 2,738 K-12 teachers during the 2012-2013 school year. Teacher salaries are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. A teacher with a Bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate courses with raises at 22.5, 45, 90, 135 and 155 quarter credits. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table details the salary schedule negotiated between the district and the Seattle Education Association for 2012-2013:
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
|BA 45 + MA||33,538||46,054|
|BA 90 + MA||40,208||57,245|
|BA 135 + MA||40,208||59,508|
|BA 155 + MA||40,208||62,984|
Teachers for Seattle Public Schools are represented by the Seattle Education Association (SEA). The SEA is currently led by Jonathan Knapp. The SEA website has salary schedules and collective bargaining agreements posted along with action and priorities on education issues including: advanced learning, closing the achievement gap, commercialism in schools and No Child Left Behind.
Schools in Seattle Public Schools
The district served 49,660 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district experienced a 9.5% increase in enrollment between 2008 and 2012. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2008 and 2012:
|Year||Enrollment||Year-to-year change (%)|
Seattle Public Schools operates 95 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Seattle Public Schools|
|APP at Lincoln|
|Cascade Parent Partnership Program|
|Chief Sealth International|
|Concord International School|
|Hamilton International School|
|John Stanford International School|
|K-5 Stem at Boren|
|Martin Luther King Jr.|
|McDonald International School|
|Seattle World School|
The Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction published a state report card for 2011-2012 assessing subject proficiency levels and year-to-year progress for each district. This report card relies on data from the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) and High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) to determine if each district meets Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) goals in reading and math. The goal for each district is to meet proficiency goals at all grade levels and student demographics by the 2013-2014 school year.
Seattle Public Schools met the state goal of 95% participation across all grade levels. The district did not meet AYP goals for reading at the elementary or middle school levels.
|Student Proficiency Levels, 2011-2012|
|Grade||Reading (%)||Math (%)|
Adequate Yearly Progress
|AYP Achievement, 2011-2012|
|Grade||Meet Reading AYP?||Meet Math AYP?|
Members of the Seattle Education Association (SEA) rejected a contract offer from the district during an August 26, 2013 meeting. Teachers were concerned about limited salary growth, crowded classrooms and new evaluation methods in the new contract. District officials and the SEA avoided a potential strike on September 3 as teachers voted to approve a new two-year contract that increased pay by 2% and included test scores in teacher evaluations.
Growing classroom sizes
In August 2013, district officials and the Board of Directors proposed increasing the maximum number of students per classroom to anticipate continued growth in enrollment. The proposal would have increased enrollment limits by two students per middle school teacher and ten students per high school teacher. The SEA criticized the proposal as problematic for the student experience, which could complicate ongoing contract negotiations with the district. On August 22, the Board of Directors voted to remove this proposal from negotiations with the SEA.
Sexual abuse claims
Six current and former students at Seattle Public Schools are seeking damages totaling $29 million due to instances of sexual abuse in the district. Five students are pursuing $25 million to settle abuse claims against former teacher Phil McGee. McGee was convicted in 2008 of abusing four children and claimants argue that the district did not react quickly enough to stop these instances. A sixth student is seeking $4 million from the district after sexual abuse claims against a fellow student.
In response to the cuts to education in the FY2012 state budget, the district planned a one-day shut down on Aug. 31, 2011, prior to the start of the school year, and closed early on another day when school was in session. Employees took the time as furlough days.
Former Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson was fired without cause in March of 2011 after nearly four years as superintendent after a state audit found that the district spent $1.5 million on services with questionable purpose and $280,000 on services it never received and gave benefit to a private company.
|Transparency grading process|
- Main article: Evaluation of Washington school district websites
Last rated on Jan. 2, 2013.
- The most current budget is listed.
- Budgets are archived back to 2007-2008.
- Administrative Officials
- Department heads are listed for each department.
- Contact information for administrative officials is provided including a mailing address, phone number, and personalized email.
- Elected Officials
- Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.
- The most recent audit is posted.
- Audits dating back to 2005 are available.
- Public Records
- The public information officer is identified and maintained by the public records officer. This person provides a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.
- A public records form is provided.
- A fee schedule for documents is provided.
- Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state, and local funding in the budget.
- Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.
- Academic performance reports for the school are posted online.
- Background Checks
- The criminal background check policy and teacher certification requirements are posted online.
- Budgets are not archived for the past three years.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, "Student Enrollment Cohort Projections, 2012" Accessed August 1, 2013
- ↑ Seattle Public Schools, "Early History of Seattle Public Schools," Accessed August 1, 2013
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Seattle," Accessed August 1, 2013
- ↑ King County Elections, "Election Archive," Accessed August 1, 2013
- ↑ Seattle Public Schools, "Jose L. Banda," Accessed August 1, 2013
- ↑ Seattle Public Schools, "School Board," Accessed August 1, 2013
- ↑ Seattle Public Schools, "Board Member Compensation & Expenses," June 1, 2011
- ↑ Seattle Public Schools, "Public Testimony," Accessed October 18, 2013
- ↑ Seattle Public Schools, "Budget Office," June 20, 2012
- ↑ Seattle Education Association, "Salary Schedule 2011-12," Accessed August 1, 2013
- ↑ Seattle Education Association, "Actions & Priorities," Accessed August 1, 2013
- ↑ Seattle Public Schools, "School Directory," Accessed August 1, 2013
- ↑ Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, "Washington State Report Card," Accessed August 1, 2013
- ↑ KOMO News, "Seattle, South Kitsap school districts vote to reject contracts," August 26, 2013
- ↑ Capitol Hill Seattle Blog, "Teachers ratify contract, Seattle Public Schools start new year Wednesday," September 3, 2013
- ↑ KPLU, "Teachers Slam Seattle Schools' Proposal to Increase Class Size," August 14, 2013
- ↑ The Seattle Times, " Seattle schools drop proposal to increase class sizes," August 22, 2013
- ↑ KUOW, "Seattle School District Faces $29 Million In Sex Abuse Liability," July 22, 2013
- ↑ The Seattle Times "Seattle schools plan one-day shutdown to help absorb state budget cuts" July 21, 2011
- ↑ Seattle Weekly, "Maria Goodloe-Johnson's Firing Is Two Years Late; Will School Board Please Fire Itself, too?," Accessed June 19, 2012
- ↑ Budgets, Accessed: Jan. 2, 2012
- ↑ Seattle Public Schools, Staff Directory, Accessed: December 24, 2012
- ↑ Seattle Public Schools, Elected Officials, Accessed: December 24, 2012
- ↑ Seattle Public Schools, Meeting Minutes and Agendas, Accessed: December 24, 2012
- ↑ Seattle Public Schools, Meeting Calendar, Accessed: December 24, 2012
- ↑ Seattle Public Schools, Meeting Video, Accessed: December 24, 2012
- ↑ Seattle Public Schools, Audits, Accessed: December 24, 2012
- ↑ Seattle Public Schools, Collective Bargaining Agreements, Accessed: December 24, 2012
- ↑ Seattle Public Schools, Bids, Accessed: December 24, 2012
- ↑ Seattle Public Schools, Awarded Bids, Accessed: December 24, 2012
- ↑ Seattle Public Schools, Public Records, Accessed: December 24, 2012
- ↑ Seattle Public Schools, Tax Levy, Accessed: December 24, 2012
- ↑ Seattle Public Schools, District Scorecards, Accessed: December 24, 2012
- ↑ Seattle Public Schools, Background Checks, Accessed: December 24, 2012