Why We All Need to Care About the Seattle School Board Election
Let's take a look at Estey's major contributors.
Matt Griffin, a developer in Seattle, set up the PAC Great Seattle Schools to support Estey's campaign.
When developers begin to invest money in campaigns that are related to public schools, odd things begin to happen that are not so good for students but great for investors. For example, check out what developers had in mind in Chicago when Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, was CEO of the public schools, a district with a public school system that now looks more like what's left of Iraq than Main Street, USA. It was called Renaissance 2010.
According to a previous post on Seattle Education, The Seattle School Board Incumbents, Stand for Children and Other Corporate Reform Backers:
These same incumbents also received funding from Stand for Children and rubber stamped everything that our Broad superintendent at the time sent down the pike including allowing Teach for America, Inc. into Seattle, the costly and unnecessary school closings debacle and RIF's which caused unnecessary consternation and chaos with the majority of teachers returning the following fall.
Mr. Griffin also contributed to the Seattle Foundation to cover the Seattle Public School district's cost of hiring Teach for America, Inc. temps.
The contributors to his PAC include:
Democrats for Education Reform (DFER): $10,000
DFER-electionDemocrats for Education Reform (DFER) is a political action committee supported largely by hedge fund managers favoring charter schools, merit-pay tied to test scores, high-stakes testing, school choice (including vouchers and tuition tax credits in some cases), mayoral control, and alternative teacher preparation programs allowing Teach for America, Inc. to staff public schools.
For more on DFER in Washington State, check out Democrats for Education Reform (DFER) candidates in Washington State, Lisa Macfarlane with WA DFER wins the Walton Award for privatization, EduShyster's two great posts Biz School Boyz 4 Reform and Stuff White People Like: Education Reform and Diane Ravitch's post Follow the Money.
Nick Hanauer: $20,000
A self-proclaimed "venture capitalist" living in Seattle who put up $450k for the charter school initiative and is a founder of the League of Education Voters.
For information on his most recent activity, see The League of Education Voters is at it again. This time they're going after the teachers.
Chris Larson: $30,000
A retired Microsoft executive and self-described "Investor".
Sloan Stuart: $2,500
CEO of QFC.
Civic Alliance for a Sound Economy (CASE) : $2,750
Basically the Chamber of Commerce for Seattle.
Other contributors to Estey's campaign include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Jeff Raikes, head of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, bringing the grand total to $176,000, a record for school board races in the Seattle school district. And yet, Estey doesn't have a clue why anyone would be concerned who her donors are. Hmmm.
Funding for Sue Peters:
The rest of us who she will stand with and fight for: $28,000
We need someone in office who knows what they're doing and can do a great job of it.
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For more on Sue Peters and her campaign, check out Sue Peters for School Board.
Sue's endorsements include the following:
Seattle Education Association (SEA)
Social Equity Educators (SEE)
National Women's Political Caucus
M. L. King County Labor Council
International Union of Operating Engineers --Local 609
Teamsters Joint Council No. 28
Greater Seattle Area Local of the American Postal Workers Union
11th District Democrats
32nd District Democrats
34th District Democrats
36th District Democrats
37th District Democrats
43rd District Democrats
King County Democrats
Metropolitan Democratic Club of Seattle
Washington State Progressive Caucus
Green Party of Seattle
Eat the State
FUSE "Progressive Voters" Guide
Municipal League of King County --Very Good --"Makes significant contributions, is a skilled builder of consensus, inspires confidence in the way he/she would serve, is thorough and attentive to issues."
SEAMEC (Seattle Metropolitan Elections Committee)-- Exceeds Expectations = Highest rating in the race!
The Network for Public Education
State Senator Maralyn Chase
State Representative Gerry Pollet
State Senator Bob Hasegawa
State Representative & Chair of House Education Committee, Sharon Tomiko Santos
State Representative Cindy Ryu
State Representative Joe Fitzgibbon
King County Councilmember Larry Gossett
Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata
Seattle School Board Director Marty McLaren
Seattle School Board Vice President Betty Patu
Seattle School Board Director Sharon Peaslee
Seattle School Board President Kay Smith-Blum
Former Seattle School Board Director Mary Bass
Former Seattle School Board Director Amy Hagopian
Former Seattle School Board Director Sally Soriano
Former Seattle School Board Director Irene Stewart
Mercer Island School Board Director Dave Meyerson
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