|Seattle Public Schools, District 4|
|Years in position||2|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 5, 2013|
|Bachelor's||University of California-San Diego|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Elections
- 3 Campaign themes
- 4 What was at stake?
- 5 About the district
- 6 Recent news
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 References
Peters earned a B.A. in Literature and Writing from the University of California-San Diego. She later earned an M.A. in Communications from Stanford University. Peters helped found educational groups Parents Across America and the Seattle Math Coalition. She is a journalist who has contributed to publications like Seattle Weekly, Huffington Post and Salon.
- See also: Seattle Public Schools elections (2013)
Peters faced Suzanne Dale Estey on November 5, 2013.
|Seattle Public Schools Board of Directors, General election, District 4, Four-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Suzanne Dale Estey||44.8%||75,758|
|Source: King County Elections, "Certified Results," November 25, 2013|
|Seattle Board of Directors, Primary, District 4, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Suzanne Dale Estey||47.8%||6,422|
|Source: King County Elections, "August 6, 2013 primary election results," August 20, 2013|
Peters reported $41,600.87 in contributions and $27,115.76 in expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission, which left her campaign with $14,485.11 on hand.
Peters's endorsements in 2013 included the following:
- Diane Ravitch
- State Senator Maralyn Chase
- State Representative Gerry Pollet
- King County Councilmember Larry Gossett
- National Women's Political Caucus of Washington
- The Stranger
Peters detailed her themes for the 2013 campaign in a letter on her campaign website:
"Learning from the experience of other states and nations, it is clear that the right direction is away from the current national obsession with high-stakes standardized testing, uniformity, overcrowded classrooms, antagonism toward professional teachers, and instead a move towards richer and solid curricula, creativity, collaboration, respect for the teaching profession and a dedication to promoting the joy of learning in our schools and all our children.
We need to foster a public education system that embraces and celebrates the individuality of all our children and facilitates their ability to reach their full potential, whether that be through the arts, sciences, mathematics, humanities, music, or all of the above.
We need to make fiscally responsible decisions that prioritize directing resources to the classroom."
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 is seeking re-election without opposition in District 7. Districts 4 and 5 will 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 on November 5, 2013.
Influence of Great Seattle Schools PAC
Great Seattle Schools PAC attracted $100,405 in donations through mid-October 2013. The PAC ran a TV ad before the August 6 primary that portrayed Estey as a reformer and Peters as a supporter of existing board policies. A report by KUOW found that land developer Matt Griffin donated $30,500 of total donations with smaller amounts from former Microsoft executive Christopher Larson and businessman Nick Hanauer. The PAC's fundraising totals are not limited by the $1,800 per cycle ceiling on direct contributions to candidates approved by the Washington State Legislature in 2012.
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.
Sexual abuse lawsuits
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 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
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- Washington school districts
- Seattle Public Schools, Washington
- Seattle Public Schools elections (2013)
- Sue Peters for Seattle School Board, "About Sue Peters," 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
- Sue Peters for Seattle School Board, "Endorsements," accessed August 2, 2013
- Diane Ravitch, "Please Support Sue Peters for School Board in Seattle," August 7, 2013
- Sue Peters for Seattle School Board, "Why I Am Running for Seattle School Board," accessed August 2, 2013
- Seattle Times, " Independent group enters school board campaign with negative ad," August 1, 2013
- KUOW, "Could A Wealthy Few Decide Seattle's School Board Races?," October 18, 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