The Citizens of the Federal Way School District contribute more than $200 million annually towards the education of our children. In addition to this substantial investment, the value of our homes, the quality of our community, the success of our businesses and the future of our children are all dependent on the District’s results.
The school board and district administration have recently made a series of decisions that have greatly undermined community support. These decisions included multiple trips around the world, FOUR poorly implemented grading systems and a $40,000 raise for the Superintendent.
In order to restore community support for the District, and more importantly, improve educational outcomes, we, the Citizens of the Federal Way School District, insist on the following “Power Standards:”
#1 Stop Guessing – Stick to strategies that have been proven in the classroom. Build upon practical systems and programs in similar school districts demonstrating results that endure over time. Link every policy decision and budget expenditure directly to defined deliberate goals. We want an administration whose primary goal is educating our children, NOT padding their own résumés with the latest buzzwords in education.
#2 Provide Transparency with Clear Accountability – The success of every initiative requires a clear timeline with logical milestones, quantifiable measurements and designated accountability. This information should be readily available on the district’s website.
#3 Support What Works – Programs that work should be expanded, not limited by lottery enrollments or restricted budgets. Parents and students should be proactively encouraged to participate in programs that are working.
#4 Empower Stakeholders – Involvement by students, parents, teachers, business owners and taxpayers must be solicited in accordance with an established timeline and well in advance of the implementation of a new, or revised, district program or policy. This must include incremental rollouts, extensive testing, regular feedback, open forum dialogue and ongoing monitoring of RESULTS.
We request the school board immediately adopt these Power Standards as governing principals for district administration. Every proposal to the board and/or announcement to the community should address each of these four Power Standards.
These Power Standards may be the District’s only hope for restoring community confidence. Failure to adopt and implement these Power Standards risks further community alienation, which could result in the failure of the District’s upcoming $53 million operations levy.
If you agree with these “power standards” please show your support by joining our efforts to improve FWPS.