Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson will hear the school board's evaluation of her this afternoon at a closed executive session of the board. Last year, the new superintendent got a glowing report and a hefty raise that brought her salary up to $264,000--more than the governor's, by a long shot. But this year, says school board president Michael DeBell, the evaluation "will probably be more mixed. We're out of the honeymoon."
Goodloe-Johnson will hear today from former Boston superintendent Tom Payzant, now at Harvard University, who has been hired by the Seattle school board to prepare its evaluation.
Also today, the district will present the outline of its new assignment plan, which determines which students go to which schools. This is a big deal. In brief, the district will assign students to their neighborhood schools but families can request different schools. Whether they get in or not will now largely be determined by lottery, rather than by how close a family lives to any given school. "That seemed more democratic," DeBell says. Expect to hear lots more about it.