Government Take Over
The Seattle schoold district appears to be in absolute disarray. Without getting into the heart of the issue, whether or not to close certain schools because of low enrollment, I wonder if the vaguely referenced "education experts" really believe that giving control of the district to the Mayor is the best option.
Perhaps I should adjust my thinking and accept that so long as education remains in the political realm, it will be used as a bargaining chip for power--always by pompous suit wearing megalomaniacs. One just needs to observe to see that Seattle schools has had its devastating issues. They have effectively wiped the brilliance of John Stanford from minds of the city. Though he did not come from the world of education, Stanford used common sense approaches to bettering the district.
Since his death, it seems that Seattle Public Schools has faced a lack of true leadership and vision. It has struggled to find success. However, I can't believe the answer is to put it into the hands of a local government that is equally inept. Anybody want to ride a monorail?
Politics has to stay out of education.