BELLEVUE is home to some of the highest-ranked schools in the nation. Those schools are challenged by the city’s rapid growth, which has in turn resulted in overcrowded classrooms and strain on special education and other specialized programs.
The Bellevue School Board’s task is to meet new challenges while maintaining Bellevue’s reputation as a top district.
Three seats are up in the November election. Board member Chris Marks is running unopposed. For the two other positions, My-Linh Thai and Krischanna Roberson are the best choices. Both are highly qualified candidates with extensive civic résumés built by volunteering in the schools and working communitywide on behalf of public education.
Thai is a pharmacist who served on the board of the Bellevue PTSA council, organized the Math Olympiad for Tyee Middle School, and chaired Reflections, the annual national arts competition. In 2013, the mother of two was recognized for her volunteer service with the Washington State PTA Outstanding Advocate Award.
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Roberson, director of operations at Bellevue College, is seeking to complete the unexpired two-year term of Mike Murphy, who stepped down in May. Roberson, a parent of four, served on the PTSA council as well as a district parent-advisory council.
Roberson and Thai would be huge assets as the district works to better support immigrant children, and working-class and low-income families.
Nearly all of Bellevue students pass Washington state standardized tests, a mark of academic distinction. But the 19,000-student district, where 20 percent qualify for free-and-reduced price meals, is unveiling new efforts to help disadvantaged students — including AVID, short for Advancement Via Individual Determination and one of the most effective college-readiness programs. Last year, Bellevue opened the Big Picture School which uses curriculum tailored around student interests and tied to real-world people and places.
Roberson and Thai are the best choices.