Friday, September 4, 2015
Seattle school board candidate director district 1 - Michael Christophersen
I'm a father of three with over 35 years of combined experience with the Seattle public schools, as a student, parent and advocate. I'm running not just because of my roots and children, but because I believe that education is a fundamental right.
If elected I will hold myself accountable for student's outcomes providing meaningful oversight of policies, insuring our district complies with all city, state and federal laws.
Here are just a few of my ideas for change:
Improving Outcome For Students With Learning Disabilities
With nearly 5,000 Seattle Public schools students having been identified as having some form of dyslexia and an estimated 5,000 more students unidentified, it is critical that we implement scientific approaches to these challenges in education. Earlier this year I presented the district with a professional development proposal from a respected NIH researcher in literacy.
Lowering The Dollar Amount Needed For Board Approval
Currently the district employees can spend up to $249,000 without board approval, I would lower the amount to $20,000.
Revoking Attorney Client Privilege
Currently the district uses attorney client privilege as a shield preventing the public from knowing the facts around various issues and to obfuscate from parents what is really going on with their child's education. I would propose that the board enact a policy requiring the district's legal department to obtain board approval before invoking attorney client privilege.
Lowering Central Administrative Cost
Once in office, I would conduct a review of all 838 + central administrative positions then work with the board and the superintendent to redirect unnecessary administrative expenditures to our classrooms.
I'm ready to do what is needed to provide an equitable, meaningful, and fundamentally sound education for all students and I need your vote to do it and your support over the next 4 years.