Seattle Courant

Three School Board Seats up for Grabs this Year

Seattle School Board. Jan. 30, 2009. Photo by Keith Vance.
By Ryan Burr
May 28, 2009 11:05PM

Cheryl Chow, who represents District 7, and Mary Bass, of District 5, have terms expiring this year. Chow has said she will not seek re-election, and Bass would not confirm her political intentions at a recent school board meeting.

Candidate filing begins June 1 through June 5, according to the King County Elections Web site.

A number of hot-button education issues have recently played out or are outstanding, such as the student assignment plan, which will determine a new system for how students are placed into various schools. A vote on student assignment is expected next month, with many parents pushing for proximity to home being a top priority in the decision-making.

Already, a staff recommendation to switch to a new high school math textbook series proved highly controversial. Many students and parents and parent groups spoke against the staff’s recommendation for a Discovery Series text, an inquiry-based model that emphasizes concepts. A close runner-up, and a preferred option to some was Prentice Hall, a series based on mastery through problem-solving and computational fluency.

DeBell, Chow and Bass have had personal ties to the school system, whether it is graduating from Seattle Public Schools or participating in various school organizations.

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View School Board member bios here.

School Board Member Mary Bass
School Board President Michael DeBell