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

  1. Tim Brittell is a union leader with an union agenda. Being from the Northshore School District since I moved here in 1995, I can without a doubt say that the so called success does not stem from any source from the past. Northshore did not prepare students for real life. I was not college ready, my friends were not college ready and it is because of people like Tim Brittell that their schools and students can not thrive. Tim has been slanderous to Dawn McCravey since the day he found out that she had big dreams for Northshore. Dreams that did not include puppetting from a union. Tim also wrote slanderous letters during Dawn’s campaign to be on the Northshore School District Board however parents, teachers and past graduates, republican and democrat alike voted Dawn McCravey in because they are the district and they are tired of know nothing puppets making decisions for their children’s future.

    I am a small business owner, I am the 99%, a girl scout co-leader, a kid camp cook, I work in a school district and I came from Northshore School District and I owe none of that to Rosemary or Tim. They have some fantastic teachers who hopefully are tired of being told how to vote and who to vote for. I whole heartedly support Dawn McCravey for Senate. She is the change, voice and hope that you are looking for in Olympia. Don’t be fooled by people with their own agenda.

    Thank the Lord for outliers like Dawn McCravey.

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