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Three School Board Seats up for Grabs this Year

Three School Board Seats up for Grabs this Year

By Ryan Burr
May 28, 2009

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.


View School Board member bios here.

PHOTO CAPTION Seattle School Board. Jan. 30, 2009. Photo by Keith Vance.
PHOTO CAPTION School Board President Michael DeBell
PHOTO CAPTION School Board Member Mary Bass