Seattle Stand for Children Endorses Candidates for 2011 Seattle School Board Race

July 25, 2011 at 11:18 am Leave a comment

Candidates completed in-depth questionnaires and participated in interviews with an endorsement committee made up of Stand for Children volunteers.

After a six week endorsement process, members of the Seattle Chapter of Stand for Children agreed to endorse three education champions running for Seattle School Board in the upcoming fall election.  The candidates – Sherry Carr, candidate for District Position 2; Harium Martin-Morris, candidate for District Position 3; and Steve Sundquist, candidate for District Position 6 – participated in an interview process that included one-on-one meetings with Stand for Children staff, responses to a written questionnaire developed by Stand members and supporters and a 30 minute endorsement committee interview with Stand members.

The Stand for Children Endorsement Committee composed entirely of Stand volunteer members included parents, community members, a teacher and a counselor.  The group included a diverse cross-section of the Seattle community both geographically and representing different groups and interests including communities of color, English language learners, and individuals with specific interest in special education programs and initiatives. Committee members developed a series of tough questions focused on exploring each candidate’s vision for policies that will directly impact our schools such as: closing the achievement gap; accountability and transparency to ensure responsible and inclusive governance leading to equitable distribution of resources; meaningful community engagement for all stakeholders; principal and teacher effectiveness; and accountability and criteria for hiring and evaluating our superintendent.  Eight candidates accepted the invitation to participate in Stand’s endorsement process which began in late April.

Sherry Carr, District Position 2:  “I believe strong schools are the core of a strong city, and that Seattle can have public schools that are the envy of the nation.  Our city is rich in the talent, resources and public commitment necessary to create and support great schools.  I believe quality public education has the power to change lives and transform communities.  And I believe that if high expectations are set for every child, our students will rise to meet those expectations.” 

Harium Martin-Morris, District Position 3: “It is my belief that quality public education can and does transform lives.  My vision is for a Seattle to become a school system instead of a system of schools.  Our students deserve a system that supports individual student needs. A school system must have quality in every school and in every classroom.”

Steve Sundquist, District Position 6:  “I believe each Seattle child deserves a quality education and the opportunity to succeed.  I am committed to make the needed changes that help deliver on this belief.”

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