Letter to editor: Why Northshore’s teachers urge you to re-elect Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe:
Northshore’s teachers, librarians, nurses, and para-educators ask you to re-elect Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe. We are proud of the high quality of the Northshore schools, and credit Rosemary with much of Northshore’s success. Northshore needs Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe in Olympia continuing to provide leadership on education funding and reform!
Sen. McAuliffe laid the foundations for Northshore’s success during her many years on the Northshore School Board, from 1977 to 1991. She created a district culture of collaboration between teachers, administrators, School Board members, and the community. Rosemary created this culture by asking teachers, “What’s working, and what’s not working?” and bringing people together to make improvements. In the Senate since 1993, she has continued to bring people together, to ask educators what they need for their students to succeed, and to pass legislation that has improved our schools.
She has two well-financed opponents. All of us are likely to receive many postcards from them filled with misinformation in the coming weeks.
Dawn McCravey is a Republican who has done everything possible to divide our school district. On the School Board for four years, her “My Way or the Highway” attitude, and her advocacy for the latest education fads (instead of dialoging with actual classroom teachers about what’s working and not working) has been an obstacle. Fortunately, she is an outlier on the School Board, and we have a solid Northshore administration. Northshore’s success is in spite of Dawn, not because of her.
Guy Palumbo, a retired Amazon executive running as a Democrat, is well-intended, but offers no compelling reason to unseat Rosemary (Chair of the Senate Education Committee), whose accomplishments dwarf his. Like McCravey, he is relying on wealthy individuals and groups outside of our community to fund his effort.
Rosemary’s experience has served Northshore exceedingly well. Let’s continue to benefit from her leadership in Olympia!
Tim Brittell, President
Northshore Education Assn