Seattle School Board recall fails

Sep 23, 2010, 2:00 PM | Updated: Mar 28, 2011, 3:46 pm

An attempt to recall Seattle School Board members has failed. A King County Superior Court judge ruled this week parents who filed the recall petition “do not have sufficient grounds” to kick five board members out of office.

Some Seattle parents, calling themselves the “Seattle Shadow School Board,” filed a petition in July to recall five of the seven elected board members. They believe members Steve Sundquist, Peter Maier, Harium Martin-Morris, Sherry Carr and Board President Michael DeBell “acted arbitrarily” in extending the superintendent’s contract. The didn’t go after Kay Smith-Blum and Betty Patu.

The parents thought board members should have taken a state audit, which found problems policy and financial problems with the district, more seriously.

The judge had to consider whether the board members were guilty of wrongful conduct, or were in violation of their oaths of office. The judge noted Tuesday that recall efforts are complicated, but parents don’t have a case against the board members. If the judge had allowed the case to continue, parents would have had to begin collecting signatures to then allow for a recall election. That is not going to happen, and parents say they will drop the issue.

Other news involving Seattle Schools – The district has won a $12.5 million grant as part of the federal Teacher Incentive Fund competition. The five-year grants are intended to reward excellence, attract teachers and principals to high-need schools, and provide all teachers and principals with support.

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