Lisa Macfarlane, Concerned Citizen of the Year
Lisa Macfarlane, “Concerned Citizen” of the Year

There was another person who testified at the House hearings this week regarding mayoral control House Bill 1497 but this time in favor of the bill, Lisa Macfarlane.

Ms. Macfarlane is so concerned about House Bill 1497 that she took time off from her job as Executive Director of  Democrats for Education Reform (DFER) to share with our state legislators as a “Concerned Citizen”, ON HER OWN TIME, about the importance of the Seattle School Board having five elected Directors instead of seven.


This tactic was used during the time that the charter school initiative was being debated and Shannon Campion with Stand for Children, posing as a concerned citizen, argued for the charter school initiative during a televised segment on the issue and later when she did an online debate in support of charter schools with Wayne Au during that time.

Amazing, isn’t it, how devoted these people are to mayoral control , charter schools and an apartheid Seattle and all for the sake of the children?


The WalMart Waltons think Macfarlane is amazing too. According to the Walton Foundation, she is the “Education Reformer to Watch”.

Here’s an excerpt:

About Lisa:

Lisa Macfarlane is the first Washington state director for Education Reform Now/Democrats for Education Reform (DFER). Lisa co-founded the League of Education Voters and LEV Foundation…

Wow, and in our own backyard.

And what has she received, besides a hefty paycheck, for being so concerned about the children?

Lisa Macfarlane received a $10,000 grant from the Walton’s as an “Education Reformer to Watch” for her work on pushing charter school initiative 1240 in the state of Washington and former Director of External Affairs with the League of Education Voters (LEV)…

For more on our very special “Concerned Citizen” see:

Lisa Macfarlane with WA DFER wins the Walton Award for privatization 

A look back at the League of Education Voters.

For more on mayoral control, see:

Mayoral Control

Dora Taylor

Post Script:

The reason why the Seattle school district has seven school board Directors rather than five like all of the other school districts in the state, is because it was determined, due to the size of Seattle, two additional board members would be needed to adequately represent the entire district.