Seattle Public Schools, Washington

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Seattle Public Schools is a school district in Washington (Sunshine Review).

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 planned to close early on another day when school is in session. Employees will take the time as furlough days.[1]

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Washington school district websites

Last rated on Jan. 2, 2013.

The good

  • Budget
    • The most current budget is listed.
    • Budgets are archived back to 2007-2008.[2]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Department heads are listed for each department.[3]
    • 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.[4]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are archived for 8 years.
    • Meeting agendas are archived for 8 years.[5]
    • A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.[6]
    • Meeting videos are available.[7]
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.
    • Audits dating back to 2005 are available.[8]
  • Contracts
    • Collective bargaining agreements are posted.[9]
    • Bids and RFPs are posted online.[10]
    • Approved contract statements are provided for vendors.[11]
  • 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.[12]
  • Taxes
    • Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state, and local funding in the budget.
    • Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.[13]
  • Academics
    • Academic performance reports for the school are posted online.[14]
  • Background Checks
    • The criminal background check policy and teacher certification requirements are posted online.[15]

The bad

  • Budget
    • Budgets are not archived for the past three years.

Leadership

School Board

The Seattle Board of Directors is made up of 7 members who are elected to four year terms. The Board is responsible for overseeing the superintendent, budgeting, enacting policy, and acting as community representatives.[16]

District Directors
District I, Sharon Peaslee
District II, Sherry Carr
District III, Harium Martin-Morris
District IV, Michael DeBell
District V, Kay Smith-Blum
District VI, Marty McLaren
District VII, Betty Patu

Teacher Contracts

The current Collective Bargaining Agreement between Seattle Public Schools and the Seattle Education Association for Certificated Non-Supervisory Employees runs from 2010-2013.[17] The 2011-2012 salary schedule can be found on the Seattle Education Association website here.

Administrative Officials

The last day for current Interim Superintendent Dr. Susan Enfield is June 20, 2012.[18] The Board of Directors selected current Anaheim School District Superintendent Jose Banda after the other two finalists for the job, Sandra Husk and Steve Enoch, dropped out of contention.[19]

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.[20]

Unions

Teachers for Seattle Public Schools are represented by the Seattle Education Association. 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, NCLB, and WASL.

School Budget

The Seattle Public School budget for 2011-2012 needed $45.5 million in cuts or savings to be balanced following a 2010-2011 budget with $34 million in cuts. The 2011-2012 general fund is $577.7 million and the table below outlines the funding sources for the budget.[21]

Source Percentage
State 50.00%
Local Levy 26.00%
Federal 12.50%
Other 6.0%
Other Resources 5.50%

Academic performance

The district posts scorecards for each year that outline academic performance. For 2010-2011, the district did not make AYP with only 36.2% of schools making AYP. The 2010-2011 district scorecard can be found here. Scores by individuals schools are also provided.

Further academic performance information is found on the Washington State Report Card. SPS had a graduation rate of 75% for the class of 2010.[22] The table below outlines 2010-11 MSP/HSPE Results:

Grade Level Reading Math Writing Science
3rd Grade 78.6% 67.1%
4th Grade 72.0% 64.6% 67.9%
5th Grade 70.9% 65.2% 63.7%
6th Grade 76.6% 65.8%
7th Grade 62.6% 65.6% 75.7%
8th Grade 72.8% 61.6% 69.7%
10th Grade 80.3% See EOC below 85.0% 52.7%

External links

References

  1. The Seattle Times "Seattle schools plan one-day shutdown to help absorb state budget cuts" July 21, 2011
  2. Budgets, Accessed: Jan. 2, 2012
  3. Seattle Public Schools, Staff Directory, Accessed: December 24, 2012
  4. Seattle Public Schools, Elected Officials, Accessed: December 24, 2012
  5. Seattle Public Schools, Meeting Minutes and Agendas, Accessed: December 24, 2012
  6. Seattle Public Schools, Meeting Calendar, Accessed: December 24, 2012
  7. Seattle Public Schools, Meeting Video, Accessed: December 24, 2012
  8. Seattle Public Schools, Audits, Accessed: December 24, 2012
  9. Seattle Public Schools, Collective Bargaining Agreements, Accessed: December 24, 2012
  10. Seattle Public Schools, Bids, Accessed: December 24, 2012
  11. Seattle Public Schools, Awarded Bids, Accessed: December 24, 2012
  12. Seattle Public Schools, Public Records, Accessed: December 24, 2012
  13. Seattle Public Schools, Tax Levy, Accessed: December 24, 2012
  14. Seattle Public Schools, District Scorecards, Accessed: December 24, 2012
  15. Seattle Public Schools, Background Checks, Accessed: December 24, 2012
  16. School Board
  17. 2010-2013 CBA
  18. "KOMONEWS" Enfield: 'It's been a very full three years for me in Seattle', Accessed June 19, 2012
  19. "Newport Beach Patch" Opinion: Choosing a Superintendent; You Think We Have Problems, Accessed June 19, 2012
  20. "Seattle Weekly" Maria Goodloe-Johnson's Firing Is Two Years Late; Will School Board Please Fire Itself, too?, Accessed June 19, 2012
  21. 2011-2012 Budget
  22. 2010-2011 Report Card