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May 2, 2012 at 4:00 PM

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Seattle schools superintendent chosen

Banda unqualified

The Seattle School Board must be out of its mind. They have hired to lead Seattle schools a person who has had no experience running a large, complex, urban school system. [“Next chief of schools: Building trust tops to-do list,” page one, May 1.]

José Banda’s last job did not even have one high school. His competency seems to be his willingness to placate parents and the board members.

I hate to remind the board but what makes a school system successful is the quality of the teaching and the ability of principals to inspire teachers to grow and work together. Susan Enfield understood that.

Now while surrounding districts collaborate, reform and work together to face the terrific challenges facing our kids, we in Seattle are doing what we have done for the past 45 years — fight among ourselves. Money is not going to fix Seattle schools and neither is Banda.

— Kay Beck, Seattle

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