Congratulations, Broad-freed Emerald City
Goodloe Johnson’s tenure was rocky. I highlighted her trying to hire Teach for America (in a big bucks sweetheart deal, she succeeded) when Seattle faced NO teacher shortage. But apparently she lied to the board. She reorganized schools, firing teachers willy nilly (sound familiar New York? DC? NOLA? any other big city plagued by reform?) She instituted teacher evaluation with a test that should not be used in that way, according to its own manufacturers. And she generally pissed off the people of Seattle, parents, teachers, students.
When it was finally time to fire her, there was no debate, except whether to fire her with cause (deny her pension or severance) or without cause. They opted for the latter since that would deny her any right to appeal.
Congratulations Seattle. A small victory? Perhaps. But these days we should celebrate our wins!