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Issaquah School District No. 411 Director District No. 5

4-year term. No salary, but some districts offer small per diem for evening meetings. School Board members, or “directors,” are the elected governing body of the school district, serving four-year terms. The school board’s governance responsibilities fall in four major areas: Vision – a focus on student achievement through a comprehensive strategic planning process; Structure – prudent financial planning and oversight, as well as diligent and innovative policy-making; Accountability – specific goals and a process for evaluating, reporting and making recommendations for improvements; and Advocacy – championing public education in the local community and before state and federal policy makers. The School Board sets the general policies of the district, which are implemented by the hired professional district superintendent and certificated teaching staff and personnel. One of its critical duties is the adoption of the district's budget and proposal of any school levies to be placed on the ballot to the people. The board sets policies and approves all spending via the budget. It also sets salaries for school district employees.

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    Layna Crofts

  • Suzanne Weaver

Biographical Information

What unique qualities about yourself, your experiences, and your education separate you from the other seekers of this office?

What, in your opinion, are the three most pressing issues facing your school district at this time?

How would you address the one at the top of your list?

How would you balance educational opportunities between schools?

How would you assure the safety of all students in your schools?

What are the issues that need to be addressed to provide racial equality in the schools?

How should technical training be offered in the secondary schools?

How can the schools provide adequate education for homeless, immigrant, refugee and non-English speaking children at all levels?

Phone (425) 394-9037
Town where you live Sammamish
Experience (300 characters max) I am passionate and eager to help the community. I can contribute a skill set and perspective that is not currently represented on the Board.
I was a child welfare state social worker; a special education teacher at Schools for the Deaf and Blind; I have fifteen years of experience working in financial management and as a forensic accountant and a government auditor; a licensed private investigator; a certified fraud examiner; a CEO; and of most importance I am a mother to six children and have been a foster parent. I value all children and want them to reach their full potential. I am in federal court acting pro se against the ISD, ISD has given education malpractice to my dyslexic child and to many other children in the district. As Martin Luther King Jr. said, “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right.” I will not be quiet on the problems that my daughter and many other children have been given in this district.
1. Special Education. Create district standards for IEP's and 504 plans to ensure SE student's educational benefit.

2. Equitable Educational Opportunities. No matter where a student attends school they should be able to access the same set of tools and services to achieve their educational goals.

3. Greater Transparency. Open lines of communication between the district and parents; encourage the district to engage in more conflict resolution and fewer lawsuits.

I have watched four of my non-disabled children thrive in ISD with few issues. I hailed ISD as being a wonderful district, that is until I had a handicapped child in the school district. ISD touts its services for the advanced student, yet refuses to give a minimum education for the disabled. Changes must be made for the unpopular children that ISD refuses to educate. 1. ISD used the “wait to fail” method for special education students. Every student must be tested by an expert in that field according to his/her disability. 2. ISD staff must be taught the IDEA laws and protect children from procedural infractions. 3. ISD must have one administrator over all IEP and 504 plans to proof the special education teacher and follow the goals. 4. ISD must have a training on how to write an IEP and what needs to go in it for the benefit of each individual child. 5. ISD has a bad history of lying in IEP meetings (as my court case shows) that all IEP meetings must be recorded.
Equitable educational opportunities need to be changed in ISD. No more lottery schools or classes. No matter where a student attends school they should be able to access the same set of tools and services to achieve their educational goals.
ISD has a very good safety system set up for school shooters. I would work on bullying from teachers, staff, and students and guarantee all complaints are investigated and completed with satisfaction.
Recently Issaquah School District has been in the news for racism by teens who wanted to be funny asking a boy on a date with a poster that was racist and offensive. This blazed through the country getting much publicity. In no way was this picture okay. I am also sad for the teens that made the post because young people make mistakes and we as adults need to give them a safe place to make amends and grow. One reason I am running is the district administration is so out of touch working through racial problems with parents and students in a graceful manner. Mr. Thiele, the superintendent wrote a letter that perfectly shows the blame/shame game that the district puts on its own youth and threw these young people under the ISD bus. Mr. Thiele should have looked internally to see if the problem is partly the school's fault. Racism must be taught to staff and children for history, current events, and the harm words can cause another person. It must not be joked about, minimized
EVERY child should have a computer.
If they live in the district their child will be educated. PERIOD.
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