BSD 2020-2021 Total Expenditures were $326,818,299 or $18K/student funded by solely by the public. Superintendent Duran's resigned when he recognized that the basic needs of thousands of students were not met for too long because of the severe lack of access to learning. Yet Mrs. Allison Snow, the president of the BEA, Bellevue's teachers union, blamed it all on "entrenched white supremacy" within the district and the Bellevue community characterized by “sense of urgency”.
At a time that BSD struggles to address the enormous learning gap and social emotional challenges of its students resulted from prolonged school closures, Mrs. Snow is demanding BSD board to delegate their legal obligation to pick the next Superintendent to a committee because, according to her, the board is not committed to equity. With 2/3 of BSD at-risk kids failing schools, the biggest inequity of the generation has been caused by denying students, including those from marginalized families and those whose parents have been on the frontline of the pandemic, access to school even after vaccines were made available to all educators at the beginning of March.
Regrettably under its misguiding leadership, BEA was the only collective bargaining group out of nine in BSD that held the district back from providing in-person learning and the only teachers union in the entire state of WA that went on illegal strike to stop students from returning to school. Has Mrs. Snow lost her moral compass along the way? Is this the kind of the leadership that the community wants to represent our educators? Is she ready to be held accountable for the physical and mental scars, permanent at times, that have been inflicted on the children?