LaCrese Green for Seattle School Board


Majority Rules


The SPSD is at a crossroad

This election will determine which way it goes. 

The battle line is this:  Majority rules or it does not

          We currently have a split board.  Four members will not allow majority to rule at the expense of educating our children.  Three members want to provide the best education possible in a proper setting for our students. 

          With two of the four leaving, this election will determine whether we continue on a destructive path or whether we go back to a democratic district where the judgment of the majority rules the day.

          Some are violently opposed to letting majority rule.  Oh, yeah, they hold office BECAUSE the majority voted for them.  (No one has contested that until this year in case my opponent wins.) 

          Seriously, my point is that all will accept that majority rule on election night, but some claim only on election night.   I contend that if the majority is a valid statement on election night, it should be held as such in any other matter. 

          My opponent says that the judgment of the public on how to run the schools is unreliable and that data and research will drive his decisions.  I strongly disagree.

          I believe that the judgment of the public is the most reliable source in all situations, especially in regards to their child’s education.  I will go further and say that I believe that the judgment of a parent or a teacher cannot be superseded. 

          On the other hand, I do not believe that some college student or grad screwing around with data is reliable at all.  How much less reliable is data that is used for selfish ends? 

          Even my opponent claims that it was bad data that caused the closure of schools.  Where did the data come from and how reliable was it? 

          In closing schools, the public had all of the data needed to determine the facts and presented their conclusion to the board for over five long years where almost none concluded that closing schools were okay.   

          Beware!  The board’s data came from administration in order to push through school closures.  Now the majority said no, so why did the Superintendent who was supposed to have good judgment allow his staff to make such a recommendation? 

          As my opponent implies the data was skewed.  Why?  I contend it was intentional, but first a rule of life kicks in here. 

          “Facts and truth are eternal principles.  You cannot destroy a fact and neither can you destroy a truth.  It may be possible for men, by their human reasoning and sophistry, to cover up and hide from the people the real truth, but this cannot erase it.  It still remains the truth.  It will stand forever.  Amen.  Facts and truth never contradict.  They never cross.  A fact cannot contradict a fact.  Truth CANNOT contradict a truth.  All truth runs parallel.  All facts run parallel.”  H. M. Riggle, in the Riggle-Kesler Debate in 1915, p. 1.   

          This means that whatever “data” that administration had that contradicted the facts presented by the public had to be a bold face lie.  There’s a reason for all things, so why buck the majority and use bad data to make a decision?   

          It's a known fact that administration was hell-bent on closing schools and the superintendent’s silence gave consent.  And the board went along with it.  This makes null and void the idea that bad data caused it.  

          Data or research CANNOT replace nor override the judgment of man.  Research means that some person must draw the conclusions gained from data.  Does a researcher have better judgment than the average Joe?  I say not necessarily so and definitely not when it comes to the cares and business of life. 

          I believe that using data and research is the devil’s tactic to buck the judgment of the majority or to prove that their judgment is wrong.

          If you see fit to elect me as your school board member, majority will rule.

Vote by November 5 for

LaCrese Green

School Board Member, Position 5