We can do so much better for our kids and families and communities.
I am running for the SPS Board because I don’t believe the status quo is good enough.
We need to:
✔ Put more dollars in the classrooms.
✔ Address the cycles of high stakes testing.
✔ Address the current and looming capacity crisis.
✔ Address the decades of maintenance backlogs.
✔ Demand more transparency and more follow-up to unanswered questions.
✔ Replicate what is working and move away from failures.
✔Clean up outstanding Audits & Oversight Orders for Special Education (SpED), English Language Learners (ELL) and other outstanding audit findings.
✔Demand equity in program placement throughout the city.
✔ Quit using Special Ed, ELL and Highly Capable students as capacity planning tools.
✔ Demand that the District’s Legal Department mediate claims on a timely basis, thus, preventing costly litigation.
✔ Return counselors to the Elementary schools and college/career counselors to High schools.
✔ Increase attention to trades education and pathways.
✔ Have robust Native American curricula.
✔ Address the lack of successful Middle & High School Math Curricula.
✔ Support Alternative and Creative Approach Schools.
✔ Treat our teachers and staff with respect.
✔ Change the bell-times to allow teenagers more sleep – The single most important way to close the achievement gap.
✔ Demand accountability and leadership.
Leslie has attended board and committee meetings at the central office for over 10 years. She has attended Directors’ community meetings in all parts of the city. She has worked on other Directors’ campaigns. She understands the commitment for what is essentially a volunteer position. She has served on PTSAs at Pathfinder K-8 and at Chief Sealth. Leslie’s services on numerous boards – local, state and national, make her a great fit and she understands policymaking and fiduciary duty. Her 30 years as a litigation paralegal researching facts, law and reverse engineering systems on behalf of victims and changing worker safety laws will allow her to get to the heart of the issues.