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West Seattle Herald- Friday, August 5, 2011 17 Candidate Anderson says parents 'disenfranchised' By Steve Shay Joy Anderson is running for Seattle School Board West Seattle District VI. The West Seattle resi- dent is challenging Martha "Marty" McLaren, Nick Esparza and incum- bent Steve Sundquist in the Aug. 16 primary. The West Seattle Herald interviewed all four candidates and so far has run a story on McLaren and Sundquist. Joy Anderson was born in Madi- son, Wisconsin. At age 2, her fam- ily moved to Great Britain where her father was stationed in the Air Force. They then lived on Pease Air Force Base in New Hampshire. She moved to Seattle in 1989, to West Seattle in 1994. Her British hus- band is a stress engineer. They have a daughter, Olivia, 8, who attends Gatewood School. Anderson attended Phillips Acad- emy in Andover, Massachusetts and Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, earning her BA in English. She was a syndicated radio personality in Milan, Italy, also, a producer for Seattle KIRO 7 with their guest editorial feature. She worked as a case worker, Seattle Mental Health, Youth Care, with counseling at-risk youth and as a group home manager for develop- mentally disabled adults for Star- key, Inc. Anderson has spent the last three years advocating for residents of the Delridge community which includ- ed fighting the closure of Cooper Elementary School. She was in charge of the Cleveland/Stem law- suit, NSAP lawsuit, Department of Education Compliance Review due to school closures and participated in two attempts to recall the four incumbent Seattle School Board Members. "The problems they have here, I am aghast,' Anderson said of the Seattle Public School system. "I just think there is more tumaoil here and now, than in the school boards where I grew up and attended and more than in those school boards in cities where my out-of-state friends with children live. "My interest in running all began while I was minding my own busi- ness, taking my child to kindergar- ten at Cooper School. In November, 2008, Arbor Heights was slated for closure. Their PTA worked with Sundquist to get off the (school clo- sure) list. Suddenly we were on the closure list. No community input or explanation. They are supposed to give you a heating if closing the school. They said that they were not closing the building, but changing one program for another. "I went through all the channels you're supposed to go through to object. I complained. I sued. I did everything. We didn't get any due process. Sundquist didn't help us at all. We finally said, 'You need to represent us, to have a meeting with us.' He showed up with anoth- er board member and said, 'We are a quorum and don't have a tran- scription so we can't answer any questions.' Sundquist treated us so poorly so the whole Delridge com- munity lost their school. I sued as a parent (with other parents.) I was going to school board meetings, advocating for kids and parents who didn't speak English. People began calling me. "If you move to town with two children, they go to the same school. But if you live here already and one of your kids is in 3rd grade and another is entering kindergarten, that second child will not neces- sarily go to the same school. We should have a system to grandfather the children into the same school. At a meeting Sundquist just said that having your children at differ- ent schools is a 'lifestyle choice'. "Sundquist did say (at the meet- ing) if we are patient 'it's going to all work itself out'. I said, 'How dare you experiment on my only child. You should have worked this all out before you foisted it on other people.' The School Board .simply does not listen to the parents. I tell my child, 'You don't always get what you want, but at least I listen.' I didn't vote for these people so that they can big brother me to death. "I am not a one issue candidate at all," she continued, referring to the Cooper School closing. "If I win, I know that as time goes by there are going to be issues other than school closings. There are plenty of people who just want their children to have a decent education. They're paying taxes for it. It shouldn't be this hard, this disenfranchising for people. The district does not dis- seminate information effectively. Parents don't always find out when there are policy changes. Most of this information is sent online. What if you don't have a computer? I'm lucky. I have time to attend School Board Meetings. "I hate Discovery Math. We are discovering people can't do it. You don't discover it. At (age) 5 or 6 they are not conceptually based. You have to do rote with them. Discovery Math does not work for Steve Shay Joy Anderson is running for Seattle School Board in West Seattle District VI currently held by Steve Sundquist. fragile learners. Schmitz Park is in Korea so you could get a "D" in the only West Seattle school that algebra. My mother was an English opted out of Discovery and their teacher and loved British literature. PTA bought Singapore Math. When When we lived in England she was those students go to middle school they are two years ahead in math. I'm about to go the way of the math tutor and pay forty dollars an hour for Olivia" Anderson said her parents had high expectations with her math education growing up. "My father was a prisoner of war in Korea. In order to motivate us, he did the guilt thing and said, 'I did not spend 28 months in a cage in complete heaven. We were scared to death if we said something gram- matically imperfect. We'd be at a bus stop and she'd say, 'I'11 give you five dollars if you can tell me t'l',,{" plural of "crisis". I try to help my daughter with English usage, too. 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