Korsmo's news roundup: Burning the midnight oil


A glorious Friday – and happy weekend to you and yours. The biggest news of the week?

Budget Deal Brings Session to a Close:  You have to give huge credit to the Governor who – along with negotiators – burned the midnight oil and then some. They wrapped up the budget early in the morning on Wednesday with Governor Gregoire able to hold negotiators together long enough to hammer out an agreement. She said the session was the most difficult in her time as Governor. The Times’ Andrew Garber gets it right when he says “in the end everyone got a little of what they wanted.” Who really “won” and who really “lost?” I have to agree with Publicola that the winners were students. The no-cuts-to-education budget is a huge deal after several years’ worth of billion dollar budget cuts. In the losers bracket,  the education community takes a huge hit with George Scarola’s retirement. George has been LEV’s lobbyist for some ten years now. He’s worked every major funding campaign, every significant reform issue, every session with the same integrity and intense dedication to kids. We are going to miss him. A lot. Thank you, George, for everything.

Education Front and Center: Last week, democratic gubernatorial candidate, Jay Inslee released his education plan. For a while there, he was playing catch up to republican candidate, and current Attorney General, Rob McKenna. Both candidates have stumped on education and now both have staked a lot of their political currency on the issue. They’re not alone. Gubernatorial candidates nationwide are putting education on the front burner, tying it to economic development and jobs. That’s good news for voters. And kids. Compare and contrast the Washington candidates here.

Seattleicious: School Board Member Sherry Carr makes a plea for stable school leadership in an Op-Ed in Crosscut. Carr calls out some pretty damning statistics regarding the turnover at the top of the District’s administration. And calls on the community to support our schools chief. We seem to have scared off many a highly qualified candidate in the past.

Public or private? One writer’s internal cage match over what to do for her soon-to-be high schooler.

Tids and Bits:

  • Excelencia in Education has data and maps and practices that work to see Latino kids through college completion.
  • It’s hard to believe but gender bias still exists in math instruction.
  • Longevity and better health are accrued to those with the best education.
  • Is there anything that super-education-Mayor Cory Booker CAN’T do? Make that man a cape!


That’s it for this week, friends. Get out and plant something! And thanks for all you do for kids.



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  1. Melissa Westbrook April 13, 2012

    Who won and who lost? The voters of Washington State won because charter legislation failed in the Legislature for the umpteenth time (as well as three times at the ballot box). When you actually clearly and fully explain charters, it didn’t take much for legislators to see they are not worth it.

    Who lost? All the out-of-state charter interests trying to get a toehold in this state to make some money off public education.

    “We seem to have scared off many a highly qualified candidate in the past.”

    And your proof of that is…?

    The high SPS staff turnover is because we have hired superintendents who did not fit with our district, were terrible fiscal manager and didn’t put kids first. It’s not anything the public did.

  2. Charlie Mas April 14, 2012

    I find it so ironic that Sherry Carr should express concern over the turnover in leadership at Seattle Public Schools.

    She was part of the board that fired Dr. Maria Goodloe-Johnson.
    She was part of the board that refused to offer a contract to Dr. Enfield.
    She never mentioned turnover as a negative in any superintendent’s performance evaluation.

    Now, all of a sudden, she’s very concerned about turnover? She wasn’t concerned about it when she was contributing to it.

    This reminds me of the person found guilty of murdering his parents who begs for mercy from the court because he’s an orphan.


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