THE INCUMBENTS - IN THEIR OWN WORDS
Jacqueline Mcgourty Position #1
sandy hayes position #4
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.
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.
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).
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
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
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
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:
Here is a NY times article saying the same: low income and disabled kids hurt the most
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.
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
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.
RACIAL JUSTICE & EQUITY TEACHER CURRICULUM (RJE)
Teacher education materials for the Racial Justice and Equity program that were presented for the 2020-2021 Monthly Syllabus Topics can be found here:
BOND & LEVY PROJECTIONS
Next VOTE coming FEB '22 - YOU are a taxpayer! YOUR vote matters!