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DFER’s Lisa Macfarlane : “Concerned Citizen”

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.

Amazing.

She has done this before. I recall when, as a “concerned citizen”, she argued for charter schools on a panel that was televised about a year ago when charter school Initiative 1240 was up for a vote in the state and again when she did an online debate in support of charter schools with Wayne Au during that same time.

Amazing, isn’t it, how devoted she is to mayoral control and charter schools as a “Concerned Citizen” and all for the sake of the children?

Hmmm.

The WalMart Waltons think she’s 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.

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