SEATTLE – Today the McGinn for Mayor campaign hosted a press conference led by teachers, Seattle School Board member Betty Patu and other education professionals to show their enthusiastic support for Mayor Mike McGinn’s re-election. Notable accomplishments cited in their endorsements included the mayor’s work with the City Council and Seattle residents to double the Families and Education Levy, the mayor’s attendance campaign, his plan for Preschool for All, his work to expedite adding school capacity by implementing BEX IV, helping launch the Seattle Promise, the Creative Advantage and his commitment to closing the achievement gap. A complete list of the mayor’s efforts on education can be found here: http://mcginnformayor.com/issues/.
“Mayor McGinn ran for Mayor, and I ran for School Board Director for Seattle Public Schools at the same time. Since he has been in office, the mayor has shown a true dedication to improving our schools for Seattle students. He quickly engaged directly with many of our community across our diverse city to pass a doubled Families and Education Levy. He is not afraid to walk the walk and talk the talk by working with many communities and providing viable programs for our many troubled youth. I appreciate his willingness to collaborate with Seattle Public Schools to help improve school attendance and moving forward Preschool for All. As a parent, grandparent, and an elected official, I would like to say that Mayor McGinn is truly committed to quality and equitable education for all our children here in the city of Seattle and is truly a man who is certainly willing to roll up his sleeves to make sure that Seattle is a livable city for ALL,” said Betty Patu, Seattle Public Schools school board member.
Seattle school board member Sharon Peaslee also endorsed the mayor’s re-election.
“I believe in this mayor. He has put early learning on the front burner. Whether through access to affordable higher education, strong K-12 schools, or early learning and child care, our children need to know we care about them. Mayor McGinn has shown his commitment to our children,” Kathy Yasi, owner/family child care provider of Adventure Child Care, parent, and SEIU 925 leader.
“When Mayor McGinn first ran in 2009, I remember everyone asking, ‘what does a mayor have to do with our school district?’ Now, every candidate for public office in our city talks about education. That shows that the Mayor is a true leader. In the depths of the Great Recession, he worked to double the Families and Education Levy, protect funding for youth in the city budget and launch an attendance campaign. This was in stark contrast to the deep cuts we saw proposed by his opponent when he wrote the Senate’s budget in 2011. We need a mayor who will fight for our kids and never make excuses, even when it’s hard,” said Noam Gundle, science teacher in Seattle Public Schools.
“As a retired Seattle Public Schools teacher, counselor and high school administrator for 32 years, I am endorsing Mike McGinn for mayor. He understands the importance of education and will continue to work to eliminate what has been called the most important civil rights issue of our time. This issue is disproportionately, which exists in academic achievement and disciplinary sanctions between certain groups of students of color and white students. Mayor McGinn has allocated resources for education such as doubling the Families and Education Levy. He advocates for Preschool for All. He cares about our schools, our students, our parents and our community members. He will advocate for quality and equitable education for all. He is the education mayor,” said Dr. Carol Simmons.
“Mayor McGinn has an outstanding education record. His comprehensive education agenda from early learning to the Families and Education Levy will help every student in our schools to succeed, especially refugee and immigrants students and students of color,” said Tony Lee, chair of the Equity in Education Coalition.
“I believe that gross disparities in educational quality and achievement demonstrate the need to remove racial disparities and improve the quality of education throughout this nation. Over 90 percent of America’s children are educated in the public education system. Thus, while our public education system remains strong, it is increasingly weakened by consistent racial disparities in the allocation of resources and educationally sound practices that provide all students access to quality education. I am encouraged by Mayor McGinn’s commitment to the equitable use of public resources to support our work in making sure that no child is left behind. He has my enthusiastic support,” said Rev. Dr. Phyllis Beaumonte, former President of the Black Heritage Society, Inc.
“Seattle deserves a mayor who makes education their top priority at City Hall,” said Seattle Public Schools educator Virginia Owens. “I have been impressed with Mayor McGinn’s commitment to increasing funding for all our schools, especially in neighborhoods that have been historically underserved. I applaud his work to launch the Creative Advantage, an effort to bring two hours a week of arts education to our central area students. And I think he showed true leadership by engaging over 3,000 residents in his first year in office to create innovative programs and maintain successful existing programs like the Families Support Workers program in the Families and Education Levy.”
Additional education efforts by Mayor McGinn cited at today’s press conference include:
- City’s Office of Civil Rights to work with the District to counter disproportionality in discipline;
- Created an Education Leadership Team including leaders in business, labor, philanthropy and education. This leadership team embraced Seattle’s Road Map to Success by aligning efforts to bring about improvements in education from preschool to college and career, and undertook joint advocacy in Olympia for education funding and improvements; and,
- Piloted the Read and Rise program, a research-based family and community engagement program that gives parents the skills they need to support the language and literacy development of their children pre-K through 3rd grade. This program includes training, support and books for families.
The mayor is also endorsed by American Federation of Teachers Local 1789, SEIU Local 925 and SEIU Local 6.
SEIU Local 925 unites 18,000 members across the state who work in education from early learning through higher education as well as members who work in local government and non profits.
American Federation of Teachers Local 1789 was founded in 1916 to represent the economic, social and professional interests of classroom teachers and is an affiliated international union of the AFL-CIO.
A complete list of those endorsing McGinn for Mayor can be found here: http://mcginnformayor.com/2013-endorsements-for-mike-mcginn/