PODCAST: Stabbing at local restaurant; Burien vs FAA?; Jack Mayne & more…


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Here’s episode #69 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, and the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation:

SoKing News Weekly Recap for Sept. 23-26, 2016: Stabbing at local restaurant; Burien City Council wants to meet with FAA about increase in airplane noise; Susan Enfield opens up about school policy; Puget Sound Weather Geek forecast; Jack Mayne commentary on fighting the FAA; ‘The Final Take’ & more…;

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One Response to “PODCAST: Stabbing at local restaurant; Burien vs FAA?; Jack Mayne & more…”
  1. Concerned Burien says:

    It is my opinion that Dr. Enfield is not being totally honest about the exodus. There are a number of teachers that were not counted among the “200” teachers during their exits. For example, my beloved’s name did not show up on the weekly or bi-weekly personnel reports at any point in 2016 until present. Then, the so-called “200” were based on those personnel reports, which suddenly were removed from access in the public domain (Highline’s website) after the first week of July. They suddenly stopped making those numbers transparent and we lost the count from early July until present (2016).

    SIMPLY PUT, I DEMAND A RECOUNT!

    How many other employees were swept under the rug? One has to ask themselves why would their names not appear in those reports if they were in fact gone, terminated, resigned or otherwise?

    THERE IS ALWAYS MORE TO THE STORY.

    To Dr. Enfield, I most strongly disagree with your contention that over a 25% loss in teaching staff is ordinary. I suppose if you say a lie enough a person might believe it, but fact checking, again, that is not true.

    It is not ordinary for a district with approximately 1,100 total employees, which includes teachers, paraeducators, support staff, administrators, secretaries, nurses, etc., to have lost over 200 teachers. The population of teachers is approximately 700 (if you can go by the reported numbers). So a >25% reduction in teaching work staff is a matter of great public concern.

    Dr. Enfield, your cavalier attitude to try to reassure the public with lies needs to be evaluated. Our community demands honest and ethical leaders.

    Additionally, one really needs to look at the teachers who were leaving. Significant numbers of Physical Educators are leaving. Nearly one-half of them were physical educators who are on the front lines of behavior issues. Also among the total departed staff this past year, and perhaps over the last two one needs to also look at who else is leaving? A significant number of bookkeepers and Deans who handled ASB funding are leaving!!

    Someone once said that there are no such things as coincidences. And, indeed there aren’t.

    We Burienese, Des Moinese, & Normandy Parkians deserve better!

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