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May 19, 2005

Response on Seattle Schools

This reader responded to my "Backtrack on Seattle Schools," in which I said the district should close schools:

You're not seeing the point - I too would support school closures if it came anywhere near balancing the budget, and if it was done with quality of education in mind. The other cuts you mention would still be necessary with the additonal $17 million dollar deficit. Raj Manhas said he would support this plan even if the budget wasn't busted. Why? Because it is about engineering rather than money savings or educational quality.

And you seem to think that school communities would stay intact and be moved as a whole to other schools, and that is not the case at all, except for the alternative programs (i.e. Pathfinder). Schools ask parents for support of time and money. School choice forces parents to rate the schools in their area, and that information needs to be taken into account. We aren't selfish for doing what the district encourages us to do. Care about the school, involve ourselves in the process. I bet they wish they'd encouraged a "whatever" attitude now. Too late. We are vocal, politically active, and focused.

As for the budget tool, did you notice their editorial comments for each budget option? And that they have no idea how much they might save from many of the options? I love a "bold plan" based on inferior information. That's not a house I want to live in.

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Posted by Bruce Ramsey at May 19, 2005 05:04 PM



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