In May of 2018, Seattle Public School (SPS) announced that it had earned the third-highest graduation rate in the nation, after New York City and Los Angeles.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer’s Matt Levine reported on the story, which featured the school’s success as part of a broader report on the nation’s public schools.
He noted that the school had a high graduation rate, but its success came at a cost.
In the article, he described the school as a model for schools across the nation that has been under scrutiny in recent years.
The report was quickly picked up by a number of media outlets, including USA Today, and the story was shared on various social media outlets.
In addition to the headline and content, many of the headlines included hyperlinks to other stories and articles.
It wasn’t immediately clear why SPS, which has received criticism for its underfunding of its public schools in recent decades, was able to achieve the 3.4% graduation rate.
The school was the subject of a report from the New York Times last fall that found that the district had a “lack of accountability and transparency in its funding, oversight, and operations.”
That report highlighted how some of the school district’s operations are run like “shadow governments,” which operate with little oversight or accountability.
In response to the report, the Seattle Public Education Association (SPEA) filed a complaint with the Office of the Inspector General in 2018.
According to the SPEA, the complaint states that the agency had found that SPS had a poor graduation rate because of “a lack of transparency, lack of accountability, and a lack of support for students.”
The school also “lacked information about the types of services provided to students, the types and amount of financial support received by students, and how the financial support was calculated.”
In addition, the SPEEA noted that SPES “did not make students aware of the process of transferring to another school in the district and that it failed to ensure that students who had previously enrolled at the school were able to transfer.”
SPES also did not provide any information on how the district allocated the $2.2 billion in district funding for the 2017-18 school year.
In a statement, SPES President and CEO Susan A. Schmitt said that the SPSEA’s complaints were “not in response to our work to improve student outcomes,” but rather to “promote transparency and accountability and to ensure all students are fully supported.”
SPEAs board is currently meeting to consider the SPES complaint.
As it stands, Seattle public schools are underfunded by nearly $4.2 million per student, according to a recent report by the National Education Association.
The district has spent $15.3 million since 2010 on its schools, according the Seattle Times.
The SPEA has also raised concerns about the school system’s oversight, as well as the school board’s handling of the 2017 Seattle school board elections.
The board of directors has been facing a number challenges in recent weeks, including a scandal over an email allegedly containing inappropriate references to sex.
The email was sent by a member of the board, who is accused of sending sexually explicit messages to a 15-year-old student.
According the Associated Press, a Seattle Police Department investigation into the email scandal revealed that the emails contained “vague references to sexual acts.”
The AP also reported that the investigation found that a former board member had been charged with sexual battery and violating school district policy.