|Seattle Public Schools, District 5|
|Years in position||1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 5, 2013|
|Bachelor's||Antioch University, Seattle|
|Master's||University of Washington|
Blanford was born in Denver, Colorado and traveled throughout the United States due to his family's military service. He earned a B.A. in Social Justice from Antioch University, Seattle. Blanford later received a Masters of Public Administration and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Washington. He is the owner of Lighthouse Consulting, a firm that provides educational research and leadership courses for educators. Blanford and his wife, Janet, have one child who attends a school in the district.
- See also: Seattle Public Schools elections (2013)
Blanford faced LaCrese Green on November 5, 2013.
|Seattle Public Schools Board of Directors, General election, District 5, Four-year term, 2013|
|Source: King County Elections, "Certified Results," November 25, 2013|
|Seattle Board of Directors, Primary, District 5, 2013|
|Source: King County Elections, "August 6, 2013 primary election results," August 20, 2013|
Blanford reported $37,375.32 in contributions and $25,877.97 in expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission, which left his campaign with $11,497.35 on hand.
Blanford's website listed the following endorsements for the 2013 campaign:
- Kay Smith-Blum
- Olu Thomas
- 34th District Democrats
- 37th District Democrats
- 43rd District Democrats
- The Seattle Times
- The Stranger
Blanford's campaign website features an explanation of his rationale for running for office:
"As a scholar of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Washington, I have researched nearly 100 K-12 schools throughout our city, state and the nation, studying innovative approaches to education reform . I wrote a dissertation on schools and school districts which have significantly reduced achievement and opportunity gaps while simultaneously raising achievement for all students – I believe that these schools can serve as a model for schools in our district which have historically struggled to fulfill these dual missions. And in my professional life, I’ve shared what I’ve learned, helping teachers, principals and administrators improve instruction in their schools through my small business, Lighthouse Consulting."
Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.
What was at stake?
Incumbent Betty 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%.
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- Blanford for School District, "About Stephan," Accessed August 2, 2013
- King County Elections, "August 2013 Primary Election Results," Accessed August 7, 2013
- Washington Public Disclosure Commission, "Local Candidates," Accessed December 17, 2013
- Blanford for Seattle Schools, "Campaign flyer," Accessed August 2, 2013
- Blanford for Seattle Schools, "Home," 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