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March 16, 2005

Deja vu at Seattle Schools

As anyone who read my column today can guess, I find the Seattle Public Schools' inertia over school closure unsettling. Listening to debate on the issue, I feel like the Bill Murray character in the movie "Groundhog Day." The same conversation keeps happening over and over.

In recent months, Seattle Schools Superintendent Raj Manhas has promoted school closure as a way to lower costs and usher in an era of efficiency. But some members of the School Board remain skeptical.

We've been here before.

In January 2000, the Weighted Student Formula Committee pleaded with a different Seattle School Board to close or combine small schools that cost more money to operate. The committee was made up of principals, central administrators, union leaders and other educators.

"One of the reasons we're having such a difficult time in Olympia is they look at those numbers. They say, 'You have money you're not using wisely. Until you use it wisely, don't ask us for more money,'" said one committee member, Hajara Rahim, principal of Van Asselt Elementary.

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Posted by Lynne Varner at March 16, 2005 01:39 PM



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