SPS will vote this week whether to maintain a partnership with the Alliance for Education
This week, the Seattle school board will vote whether to maintain ties with the Alliance for Education, an organization that for twenty years has raised money for SPS.
The Alliance is a nonprofit that raises funds for the district, with funding this year totaling around $200,000 in donations and around $800,000 for the yearlong teacher training Seattle Teacher Residency program.
Though the two groups have worked together for over twenty years, a few district representatives have expressed concerns about the Alliance for Education. As the Seattle Times notes, a number of district leaders had concerns about the Alliance’s leadership, fundraising and mission, expressing their issues in a letter to the Alliance’s board chair. The Alliance for Education’s contributions to the district have shrunk, but according to the Seattle Times, the Alliance blamed the district for the decrease in funds raised.
If the two organizations dissolve their partnership, the school district would no longer hold seats on the Alliance’s board, but the Seattle Teacher Residency program would continue through the year.