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Seattle School Director District No. 5

Director District No. 5

Dan Harder

Dan Harder

PO BOX 20214


Education: Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering
Occupation: Mechanical Engineer

The well-intentioned effort to combat bias in our society has turned into something deeply disturbing. I’ve lived in Capitol Hill for twelve years. I watched the events of last summer, where the peaceful protests degenerated into violent riots. As I sat at a sidewalk café, college-aged and younger protestors threatened and cursed at me when I recorded video. An apartment building was almost set on fire with people inside, as was a local police station. I was later shocked to realize that many of the young people leading and participating in this chaos were and are motivated by a radical ideology they learned in our schools: Critical Race Theory.


The premise of Critical Race Theory (CRT) and “anti-racism” is that all social disparity is the result of systemic racism, and that group identity, not individual character, is the core of who you are. It teaches that the ends justify the means and that two wrongs make a right. CRT teaches students to hate each other, their country, and if they happen to be white, themselves.


CRT is fully endorsed by the SPS board through policies and curriculum adopted over the last few years. A video discussing “targeted universalism” on the SPS website endorses racial preferences. SPS “anti-racist” policy 0040, adopted last year, defines “whiteness” and “white supremacy culture” as “U.S. culture” and “a focus on individuals over groups”.


If elected, I will advocate for the removal of CRT from Seattle Public Schools curriculum and prioritize academic excellence over activism. I will also work to improve student safety, what with the recent creation of homeless camps on school property in some areas of Seattle Public Schools District 5. I would be honored to represent you on the Seattle School Board.

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1434 20TH AVE



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Michelle Sarju

Michelle Sarju

PO BOX 20776


(206) 324-3143

Education: MSW, University of Washington; Certificate, Seattle Midwifery School; B.A. Communications, University of Oregon
Occupation: Implementation Manager, King County Public Health

I am running for Seattle School Board because I believe that every child - I mean every child - should have access to a high quality public school education. 


For 34 years I’ve called the Central District home, and as a Seattle Public Schools mom I have experienced the promise and the failure of our schools. Too often, demographics like race, zip code, socio-economic status, different abilities, first language, or the location of a child’s school determine the quality of education a student receives. This inequity is unacceptable. We can do better for our children.


This past year has pushed our students and families into survival mode, as they have navigated the virtual classroom and faced the physical, emotional, and mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. As we re-enter schools, our students deserve a champion who will put their needs first. SPS has historically failed to serve Black students and students of color, and we must close this opportunity gap. Our schools and teachers should understand the social-emotional needs and barriers facing marginalized students. I will ensure we invest in K-12 anti-racist curriculum, and will champion evidence-based metrics of success over standardized tests that leave so many students behind.


As a former Midwife, Social Worker, Maternal-Child Health professional, PTA member, and public servant, I will continue to work hard to identify the challenges facing Seattle Public Schools and I will collaborate with others to build effective and enduring solutions. Our students shouldn’t have to operate in resiliency mode to succeed in our public schools. Our children are our future, and it’s time we invest in their success.


Endorsed by King County Democrats, 11th & 36th LD Democrats, Emerald Youth Organizing Collective, Women of Color in Politics, Seattle School Board Director Zachary DeWolf, and Seattle Council PTSA President Manuela Slye.


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