WHERE IS THE ACCOUNTABILITY?


THE BSD COMMUNITY HAS ALWAYS BEEN INVESTING HEAVILY IN PUBLIC EDUCATION AS WE BELIEVE OUR FUTURE DEPENDS ON IT. DESPITE THE OVERWHELMING SUPPORT FROM THE COMMUNITY, THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR HAS BEEN A DISASTER. DISTRICTS ACROSS THE STATE AND THE NATION HAVE DONE FAR BETTER IN SERVING STUDENTS THAN BSD.

Based on independent research site Burbio.coms school reopening tracker as of Feb 24th, 2021, when

BSD only provided limited in-person learning for K-1 and some students with special needs.


State of Washington ranks at the BOTTOM of the nation in terms of in-person learning opportunities provided to students during the pandemic.

https://www.washingtonpolicy.org/publications/detail/washington-ranks-47th-state-in-the-nation-in-opening-public-schools-while-private-schools-have-been-safely-open-for-months



BSD ranks among the WORST in the State of Washington. Some districts in the state have been offering full-time in-person learning since September, 2020.

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/education/how-school-districts-responded-to-inslees-school-reopening-order


Over 60% of property taxes collected in Bellevue are used to fund public schools - 32% go to the general state school fund which is allocated to districts across the state largely based on enrollment; 30% go to local levies and bonds which support BSD directly.

https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/finance/bellevue-property-taxes


BSD enrollment as of Oct 1st, 2020 was 1,500 below that of prior year and has been trending down as district continues failing to meet the needs of families. The district expects the enrollment to down by additional 800 at the start of 2021-2022 school year.

https://washingtonstatereportcard.ospi.k12.wa.us/ReportCard/ViewSchoolOrDistrict/100019


UPDATE: the enrollment number for BSD as of September 2021 is 18,150, down more than 3,000 from 21,766, the number prior to COVID-19.

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 head of the teacher's union, blamed it all on "entrenched white supremacy" within the district and the Bellevue community characterized by “perfectionism” and “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. 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 ahead of people with two co-morbidities and high-risk critical workers. Has Mrs. Snow lost her moral compass along the way? Is this the kind of the leadership that the community wants at the helm of the teachers union? Who will be held accountable for the physical and mental scars, permanent at times, that have been inflicted on the children?