Portland’s Crush

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Seattle School District

If people have any doubts about the direction that PPS is heading, they only need to head north 175 miles.  PPS and the Seattle School District have so much in common.

Seattle School District converted some K-5 and 6-8 schools to K-8s.  PPS followed (sort of…it’s half-assed and still in limbo).  Both districts have parents and staff complaining about lack of support in the transitions.

The Seattle School District closed and consolidated schools.  Portland followed.

The Seattle School District contracted with DeJong to develop enrollment projections.  Those projections were met with skepticism by parents and board members.

In Portland, DeJong partnered with Magellan Consulting to complete a facilities assessment for PPS.  More skepticism.

Both Seattle and Portland love to hire Broad graduates.  They pop up like new Starbucks.  Broad graduates are supposedly hired for their business expertise.  That expertise has played out to be disastrous for public education.

In 2009, the Seattle School District developed a Student Assignment Plan which changed attendance boundaries and the way in which students were assigned to schools.  Portland is in the middle of a high school redesign plan which also affects boundaries and student enrollment.

The Seattle School District closed several schools in 2009 due to declining enrollment.  They expected to save $3 million per year.   Just one year later they find themselves in need of buildings.  The cost to reopen 5 of the recently closed buildings is $47.8 million.  Not only was it a foolish financial decision but it disrupted the education of children.

Will PPS follow?

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Carrie Adams blogs at Cheating in Class.

filed under: Facilities, High Schools, K-8 Transistion, School Closures, Transfer Policy

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2 Responses

  1. Comment from ppsvet:

    You could add that Seattle Public Schools also hired Susan Enfield who was an aide to Vicki Phillips to be their Chief Academic Officer.

    She was an even bigger liar than Vicki. And that takes some doing.

  2. Comment from Carrie Adams:

    ppsvet, yes Susan Enfield was hired by Seattle’s Broad connected Superintendent.

    I feel bad because I forgot to recognize Magellan Consulting and PBS Engineering and Environmental’s work in Seattle. Definitely worthy of recognition.