IMPORTANT INSIGHTS!

THE INCUMBENTS - IN THEIR OWN WORDS

Jacqueline Mcgourty Position #1

Has zero interest in the District. Sent her 'special needs' children to an elite private school & misappropriates the term 'special needs,' upsetting many parents.
Excellent article
here

sandy hayes position #4

Explains to parents what an IEP means, insists there was NO learning loss during COVID, & implies teachers are labeling students...but King5, studies & parents say otherwise!!

amy cast position #5

Describes how the Board is STILL planning, trying to get organized, & after 18 months still nothing to tangibly share with parents.

COVID RECOVERY

Jackie McGourty and Amy Cast claim covid recovery as their top priority. It is number two for Sandy Hayes. Do their words match with their actions? Here are facts:

  • NSD opened the last in the area, only when mandated

  • NSD failed to provide adequate support for special education kids while LWSD served hundreds sped kids in person over pandemic

  • NSD put the plan for quarantined kids only now. Watch Chris talking about it.

We need board members with vetted interest in recovery.


FINANCIAL LITERACY

Watch Chris Roberdeau talking in support of Financial Literacy Curriculum

What do incumbents have to say about Financial Literacy? Nothing! We searched nsd.org and the board documents for "financial literacy" and this is one of very few one-off events. This thing is simply not on agenda.


Special Education Students are falling away - NEW: Q&A forum

New - special education candidates forum Oct 14, 2021 WATCH

The enrollment drop for children in Special Education was even more significant. When NSD stopped providing necessary services many kids with disabilities either dropped out of the failing system or were missed altogether. Loss of interventions, particularly for the youngest learners, will have significant, dire, long-term consequences for these children.
data from https://www.k12.wa.us/policy-funding/school-apportionment/safs-report-api


How NSD Spends Taxpayer money

Our district hires SIX Deputy Superintendents. With more than double our students, Seattle Public Schools district only needs 2 deputies - yet we 'need' SIX?! And 6 that are exceptionally well paid, in addition to the Superintendent's $460 compensation (the second highest paid Superintendent in the state). Yet NSD performs 16th in the state in overall academic achievement. With ~18k USD per student budget, NSD can do better. Our kids deserve better.

INCUMBENTS - whom do they represent?

In 2016 there was a drama in our district. The board seriously considered removing Self-select challenge program and was stopped only by large public outcry. Did Sandy Hayes listen to the public? NO! She voted to dismiss the program. We doubt Sandy serves the interest of our kids.

The PDC page provides more insights: WEA PAC associated with the teachers union is the biggest contribution to her campaign.

Jacqueline McGourty is also backed by the WEA PAC and only handful of community members support her, as a majority of her campaign donations are from National Progressive PAC's as well as the local democratic party and a State Representative (D).

In contrast, Chris Roberdeau and Amy Felt rely on community support and received donations from over 50 concerned citizens.

Amy Cast and Elizabeth Crowley are mini filers which does not disclose donors; but a request for an audit can be submitted to the candidate.

School Closures widen the budget gap

At the PTSA candidate forum the incumbents cited a $28.2 MILLION special education funding gap as one reason students are not receiving the services they need, but did not mention how school closures contributed to this gap.

Here are the numbers from the 2021/22 NSD budget:

  • $68.7 MILLION in planned expenses for special education instruction

  • $49.1 MILLION in planned special education allocation from state and federal sources

  • $19.6 MILLION planned special education funding gap (to be covered by NSD's Educational Programs and Operations Levy and other revenue sources)

So why is the $28.2 MILLION actual special education funding gap and not $19.6 MILLION as planned? NSD's 2021/22 special education apportionment from state and federal sources was only $40.5 MILLION, much lower than the $49.1 MILLION estimated in the NSD budget, because special education enrollment dropped so much during the school closure!

NSD failed to provide appropriate services so the special education students fell away.

When the special education students fell away, NSD LOST $8.6 MILLION in state and federal special education funding.

The School Closures Drove Families out of NSD

After 7 years of steady growth, NSD Enrollment dropped significantly during the school closure, and dropped again this September. The steady decrease in enrollment over the past year, in stark contrast with prior year enrollment trends, is a clear sign that NSD's remote learning and minimal return-to-school plans were inadequate and drove families to seek alternative ways to educate their children.
data from https://www.k12.wa.us/policy-funding/school-apportionment/safs-report-api


BOARD CONFLICT OF INTEREST

The email inserted below was sent on 9/21/21 to Northshore teachers by Tim Brittell, NSEA union President. The union purpose is to represent all educators with the Northshore School District. By design, they are just a single-sided part of complex interests of teachers, parents, kids, and the district. The Board has a final approval on negotiated terms and unions desire to have compliant board members is clear, as they sponsor incumbents.

Our comment:

Brittell is making blatantly false claims that the school board challengers are part of an "organized opposition...backed by wealthy far-right donors outside of the district". I will publicly say this again and again... I have met each of these candidates. They are stellar members of our community, who have children enrolled in the Northshore School District and are not part of some big national movement. The false conspiracy theories are nothing but an attempt to distract voters from the bigger picture.

One can only hope that voters take the time to vet these candidates themselves:

  • Why is the union going to such lengths to discredit the current Northshore parents and community members who are volunteering their time to run for the NSD school board?

  • Why is the union so strongly backing candidates who do not have children enrolled (or NEVER enrolled) in the district they are elected to represent... as well as funding their campaigns with the $1,000 (maximum) per candidate, in addition to disseminating propaganda to all teachers in the district?

It has been pointed out repeatedly the problems when an elected board share the same endorsements, affiliations and beliefs. Why is the union so opposed to diversity on the Northshore School Board?

The email:

CYBERSECURITY - Is the district "good digital citizen"?

Per NSD official page the District takes student safety and privacy very seriously. They advocate and practices safe, legal and responsible use of information and technology. But the facts speak louder than slogans

  • As of September 2020, 6 months in the pandemic, many zoom classes were unprotected and open to strangers. No wonder one day zoom bombing happened.

  • Default student passwords are easily guessable, waiting for intruders to take over accounts

  • The constant topic throughout remote learning was how to spot kids watching youtube during classes -- no effective filtering in place

The district has no clue how to manage IT.

Elizabeth Crowley is a cybersecurity professional. She knows how to set learning environment safe and secure, remotely and on premises.

BATCH TESTING - Does the board respect parents rights?

The district implemented opt-out strategy for batch testing. While some parents appreciate the schools effort, others pull their kids away. It is a hot topic. If you in favor of testing, you'd probably like more families trust the district and remain opted in. If you oppose, you'd expect your legal rights to be respected and honored.

But here is what happens

https://livestream.com/accounts/21375261/events/7735024/videos/226185495

At minute 7 Dr Reid sugar coat into "Software glitches" the fact that opt-out students in the district where tested without parent consent. Her report was approved, no concerns from the board.

At minute 13, a grandmother talks about her grandkid being tested without consent and demands a formal investigation for that "illegal medical procedure". 

That family had reasons (right or not) to opt our the kid, and they took a hassle to opt out, yet their legal right was not honored. This is the way the district breaks own commitments and trust. It does not serve well that lady, it does not serve well families in doubt.

OUR SUPERINTENDENT IS AWARD WINNING - What does it take for real?

Dr. Reid Named Washington’s 2021 Superintendent of the Year and National Superintendent of the Year awards. Let's look closer how it works:

  • We have 295 school districts in WA

  • Only 5 superintendents in WA bothered to submit full application in the midst of pandemic

  • To be considered for the 2021 AASA National Superintendent of the Year, one needs to win their state

Chris Roberdeau says it all in his video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ff-i8hpFdXo

We need actual results (see below), not awards.

PANDEMIC LEARNING LOSS... The Board claims it's a myth

Learning loss is real. Sandy Hayes says “there was no learning loss, they just didn’t learn as much as we hoped they would.” Meanwhile, struggling students and their families say otherwise. Facts show us:

BOARD CONFLICT OF INTEREST - NSEA steps in

Amy Felt's open letter on 9/22/21 in response to the Union's false allegations


The email inserted here was sent on 9/21/21 to Northshore teachers by Tim Brittell, NSEA President.

Brittell is making blatantly false claims that the school board challengers are part of an "organized opposition...backed by wealthy far-right donors outside of the district". I will publicly say this again and again... I have met each of these candidates. They are stellar members of our community, who have children enrolled in the Northshore School District and are not part of some big national movement. The false conspiracy theories are nothing but an attempt to distract voters from the bigger picture. One can only hope that voters take the time to vet these candidates themselves.

  • Why the union is going to such lengths to discredit the current Northshore parents and community members who are volunteering their time to run for the NSD School Board?

  • Why the union is so strongly backing candidates who do not have children enrolled in the district they are elected to represent...& also funding their campaigns with $1,000 per candidate, in addition to disseminating propaganda to all teachers in the district?

It has been pointed out repeatedly the problems when an elected board share the same endorsements, affiliations and beliefs. Why is the union so opposed to diversity on the Northshore School Board?

Please donate to the Students First PAC we continue to be devoted to spreading the truth about the Northshore School Board candidates and shining the light on topics and issues ALL voters should informed about.

TAKE ACTION:

  1. Reach out to the candidates and offer help placing signs, doorbelling or performing administrative tasks.

  2. Host a candidate meet & greet.

  3. Print pamphlets off of this and distribute to friends, family and neighbors.

  4. Talk to your friends, family and neighbors about the issues with the current Northshore School Board and the strengths the challengers bring to the table

Union Promotes On Campus CAMAIGNING FOR INCUMBENTS!

(not permissible for any other citizen - thanks to the Board for allowing this in the Collective Bargaining Agreement!)

  • Law prohibiting political advertising or campaigning on public/school property is strict, but the Board permitted the Union to allow for all sorts of infringements.

  • A copy of the Union Meeting Minutes from week of 9/13/21 are available here for you as well. Describing that, while union reps are AT their schools, they should be organizing, distributing political materials, and procuring personal emails of colleagues, for political & non-political communications. On Page 17: political communications, even while on breaks, union teachers are encouraged to do these activities while AT/ON school property. No political electioneering is permitted to take place in any manner ON or AT school property.

  • The NSEA notice board AT school and ON public property is being used to promote political elections and communications. No public is permitted the same violation of the law - nor should the NSEA.

  • Students are not permitted to wear political promotional items, but the NSEA is promoting political buttons and t-shirts while AT work! This is a violation of the law, in addition to School District dress code.

  • See how Tim Brittell is blatantly gearing up to retain their Union loving Board...so he can get whatever he wants! Oh, and don't forget the Union funded the incumbents to the MAX...total CONFLICT OF INTEREST!

  • Per the PDC on 9/23/21:

    • The NSEA has a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the district that allows district employees to engage in certain activities on school grounds (full doc also on the NSD.Vote site) , that would not be allowed for other district employees, such as activities that are permitted in the employee breakroom,

    • The complaints cites page 17 of the meeting minutes, that includes examples of political and non-political work that are permitted based on school district property in accordance with PDC Interpretation #01-03 and the CBA, as copied and pasted below.

  • Page 17 extract:

  • For POLITICAL communication, you MAY:

    • Communicate at school during duty-free time such as lunch or on a break, before and after your work day

    • Set up an email address book on your home email that does not include nsd.org addresses to send information to your colleagues at their home email

    • Wear a political button and/or T-shirt

    • Hold an association meeting about political activities at school, during duty-free time

    • Use your staff room to hold a cellphone party to call the legislative hotline, write cards or letters to community and/or media (Make sure you do not use District materials or equipment)

    • Set up an NSEA bulletin board in the staff room to post any political or non-political union information, flyers, posters, etc.

TEACHERS' UNION - NEA

(Northshore Education Association / NEA)

NOTE: The NEA has funded and endorsed ALL seated Board incumbents' for the Nov 2, 2021 elections.

Why? Is this not a conflict of interest? Are these negotiations bought? You decide.

Teacher Collective Bargaining Agreement for September 1, 2019 — August 31, 2022


Go here to view ALL NEA contracts https://www.northshoreea.org/documents/


Aug 20, 2021 The country’s largest teachers’ union has chimed in on mandatory vaccine requirements for teachers.

WEA - The union describes academic freedom in regards to BLM & more


Union reached out to teachers before bargaining starts to ask if they WANT a soft start?!


RACIAL JUSTICE & EQUITY CURRICULUM (RJE)

"The Northshore School District does not have a formalized social justice curriculum. Rather, the Racial and Educational Justice Department and Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Department collaborate to share resources with building administrators, Racial and Educational Justice School Teams, and educators that can be utilized in schools and classrooms.

These resources provide administrators and educators with opportunities to further shape their justice-driven leadership and pedagogical practice and align with the 2019-2023 Equity Inventory. In the 2021-22 school year, the district-wide focus is on Domain 3: Teaching, Learning, and Self-Reflection. Resources are pulled from already-existing education sites, including those such as Learning for Justice and Edutopia. You can see examples in the Equity Handbook*. You can ask your student’s schoolteacher or administrator for advance notice of plans for upcoming lessons on these topics. Families can opt their child(ren) out of any potential justice-driven activities that their classroom teacher might engage students in.

In addition, the Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Department and the Racial and Educational Justice Department have partnered with Northshore students, families, community members, staff, and administrators to develop a P-12 Ethnic Studies Framework and an Ethnic Studies high school course. The two departments are working with Communications to have a public website presence with additional details for this work in the Fall."


Sep 9, 2021, Christopher Bigelow, Ed.D, Executive Director of Racial and Educational Justice, NSD

(425) 408-7726 cbigelow@nsd.org

*the Equity Handbook includes extensive external resource links, many of which no longer exist/links are broken (or removed as not relevant/appropriate?).

This handbook is out of date & the suggested reading is uncontrolled.

As a handbook, this is insufficient, unreliable & the reference control for educational materials is unclear.

RACIAL JUSTICE & EQUITY TEACHER CURRICULUM (RJE)

It is important to understand that THERE IS NO CURRICULUM. Our students are subject to the subjective teaching of teachers 'own truths' (per Dr Reid) who are exposed to limited and highly subjective course content (see all links in this section).


In addition: as a result of the Board negotiated Collective Bargaining Agreement, teachers are able to bring whatever they want to the class to supplement their teaching plans.


In other words - unless you ask your teacher - you have NO CLUE what your child is exposed to!! ASK YOUR TEACHER & share with us here.

Teacher education materials for the Racial Justice and Equity program that were presented for the 2020-2021 Monthly Syllabus Topics can be found here:


October - Self, Identity, and Community

November - Privilege and Power Structures

December Boundaries, Margins, and Bridges

January Self-Care and Self-Love

February Multicultural Histories of Resistance

March Liberation Movements

April Youth Agency and Activism

May Anti-Racist Collaborations in Education

June Healing and Liberating Educational Futures


In addition, STUDENTS FIRST requested the current syllabus outline & links to content for THIS 2021-22 academic year.

The (timely) response was:

"We do not possess documents labeled "syllabus outline." What we do have and believe are responsive are the following documents. Attached:

1) 2021-22 Northshore School District Staff Scope and Sequence

2) 2021-22 Building Administrator Scope and Sequence

3) 2021-22 Racial and Educational Justice School Teams Scope and Sequence"


The key content includes:
The instruction to read "This Book is Anti-Racist" by Tiffany Jewell (
author video here) and to complete the chapter-based lessons; to watch the 2021-22 training modules each month (behind a firewall - public links being requested). These modules...posted in the training module Google Doc on the first working day of every month. The modules align with the book chapters and their central themes to help staff consider ways to engage in their own personal self-reflection and pedagogical practice. ❖ Look through the Elementary Resource Guide or Secondary Resource Guide to learn how to apply strategies and resources to your school or classroom practice.


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PS - I would like to express here the incredible collaboration of Mr Doug Hale,

Executive Director of Human Resources, & his staff in the fulfilment of our requests. THANK YOU! Your teaming for transparency is greatly appreciated.

BOND & LEVY PROJECTIONS

Next VOTE coming FEB '22 - YOU are a taxpayer! YOUR vote matters!


9-13-21 NSD Board Study Session and 9-17-21 NSD Board Study Session

  • Includes:

    • Bond ($400M to $475M)

    • Operating Levy ($1.54/$1,000 of every PROPERTY in NSD)

    • Tech Levy ($80M)

  • NSD is set to file the Election Resolutions with the County by December 10, 2021 for a February 2022 election

  • Be informed - What exactly you are paying for with YOUR property taxes? Currently 56% of your property taxes fund NSD - be sure you are satisfied with the investment or frivolous expenditures (like $25M on 4 years of teacher training out of the Tech Levy!)

  • Important fact: School levies and bonds tax ALL properties. Renters usually don't understand that they are indirectly paying property taxes through their rent. So this really should be modified to say every property: all homes, all apartments, all businesses, all properties! YOU HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO VOTE even if you don't have kids in the district. YOU are a taxpayer!

SEX ED

expected 1 Oct - pending Public Records Request fulfillment. Request submitted on 9/16/21