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Seattle School District 1

Director District 6

Leslie S. Harris

Leslie S. Harris

2518 South Brandon Court

Seattle, WA 98108

(206) 579-2842

Harrislsh@comcast.net

www.Harrisforschoolboard.com

Education: Attended Wstern Washington University & University of Washington
Occupation: Litigation Paralegal for victims/workers and SPS Board Director, Board President
Statement:

After being elected to the Seattle School Board in 2015, I remain committed to Transparency, Trust, and Equity. It has been an honor and privilege to serve. I ask for your vote for re-election.

 

I serve as President, second term, and 4 years on the Executive Committee. This Board and staff worked collaboratively to make dollars go farther with more impact. The McCleary decision did not fully fund our public schools – we must fully fund programs, especially Special Education. The 2019 Levies emphasized equity and backlogged maintenance. I led hiring of a new Superintendent and SPS and the City signing an MOU in 2017. Both difficult processes demonstrate leadership. Our new Strategic Plan focuses on high needs students and improving operations. Education should not depend on zip code or PTSA/PTO generosity. We increased family and community engagement, transparency, and emphasis and training on race and equity, ethnic studies and student voice.

 

I hold regular community meetings and seek input from all. 35 years working as a litigation paralegal and prior service on many boards demonstrates my collaborative abilities for policymaking and upholding fiduciary duty.
 

Endorsed by The Stranger, Fuse Progressive, King Co. Democrats, King Co. Young Democrats, 34th Leg. Democrats, Metro Democratic Club, Seattle/King Co. Building & Construction Trades Council, State Senator Joe Nguyen, King County Council members Larry Gossett & Joe McDermott, Former Mayor Greg Nickels, SPS Directors Rick Burke, Eden Mack, Scott Pinkham, & Zachary DeWolf, Former Board Presidents Betty Patu, Kay Smith Blum & Michael DeBell, Summer Stinson, WA Paramount Duty Board member, Titles for ID purposes only. See website for additional endorsements

Molly E. Mitchell

Molly E. Mitchell

PO Box 9100

Seattle, WA 98109

(206) 683-1879

mitchell4education@gmail.com

www.mitchell4schoolboard.com

Education: Bachelors of Arts in Government & International Relations, Clark University; Masters in Education, Antioch University
Occupation: Director of Student Support Programs at Seattle Central College
Statement:

I’m running for the Seattle School Board to ensure that every student has a pathway to success. Our schools can do more to serve the needs of diverse students and families in our city. In my 20-year career in education the core of my work has been centering equity and social justice. Evidence of my commitment to equity is in receiving the WA statewide “Equity Award” for Community and Technical Colleges.

 

As the Director of Student Support Programs at Seattle Central College, I am focused on serving students with the highest barriers to completion and students furthest from justice throughout their entire education, including their lived experiences outside the classroom. I also organize to expand educational opportunities inside WA state prisons as a way to reduce recidivism.

 

We have a responsibility to ensure that Seattle Public Schools meet the needs of every student to address the opportunity gap.  We must ensure that we are encouraging and challenging students at all levels of achievement.

 

For all students to succeed, we must create learning environments that are safe, welcoming, and inclusive for all. When every student is included and engaged in their learning environment, all students benefit.

 

As a mom and a community organizer, I believe solutions are most effective when they engage all stakeholders and are accountable to the community. I’m proud to have the sole District 6 endorsement of the Seattle teachers Union (SEA), One America,Women of Color in Education, Jill Geary (current Board member), Marty McLaren (retired Board member) and the lean from the Progressive Voters Guide. I pledge to represent your desire for high-quality education for all of Seattle’s students.

 

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