Seattle Community Members Speak Out On Schools
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"It's not just the parents' child, it's the community's child. And
this child's going to grow up and be everyone's future. This is a child
who may be the policeman who saves your life later on or your child's
life or a neighbor's life. This is the one who might be controlling the
airplane that you're riding. You would like them to be educated."
Principal, Cleveland High School
"We learned how to deal with the private sector to the best advantage
for our school. So in working with the private sector, we now
understand that when we meet with them, we don't use a lot of school
district jargon; we use just straight language, and they understand us
a lot better. Students seem to be the best carrot, in terms of working
with the private sector."
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Teacher, Bailey Gatzert Elementary School
"My experience with partnership is when I went to New York, [as part of
a staff development field trip]. And for the first time, I really got
out of the classroom. And my experience about partnership started at
the airport, before we even left town. What I saw there was
people from the union, from the school board, people from the
superintendent's office, people from the Seattle Alliance who raised
money for the school district, people from the mayor's office, people
who helped with the levee. So I looked around, and I said, oh, it takes
more than just me, the teacher, to educate a child."
Teacher, Stevens Elementary School
"Eight years ago, I had 40 kids -- second and third graders in my
classroom. But it took one month to get an instructional assistant and
to hire another teacher...Now, with the partnership and with more
site-based management, I could go to the principal and say, "This is too
difficult, and this is not right, because the kids are not getting
enough attention." And immediately, the next day, there would be an
instructional assistant in the classroom."
President, Seattle Council PTSA
"It's in the business's best interest to make sure that kids come out of
this system that are well educated and ready to contribute to society.
That doesn't mean [kids] ready to work in a corporation or ready to go
out and just do some good marketing deal. It means ready to assume
their role as a responsible citizen."
Chief Sealth High School graduate
"I didn't always come to school on time. I wasn't here all the time,
you know, until I started having aviation first period, which started at
7:45 AM in the morning. And we used to do projects in class that interested me a lot to where I needed the whole class period to
get it done. The objective was to build an airplane. I mean you can't
do that in thirty minutes coming late to school...But after about a week
or two of this class, I really got interested in it, and I
just got up in the morning. I was motivated to get up in the
morning. I liked coming to school..."
Parent and President, Nathan Hale High School PTSA
"John Stanford has been someone who's created a spirit in Seattle of
positive feelings towards schools, and I think he will have a legacy
that goes beyond his presence."
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