December 15, 2020

District of the Year: Highline Public Schools

Amid crisis, how do does a school district identify and enact opportunities for change?

This question has been front-and-center for Highline Public Schools in Burien, Washington, since March. “A lot of people talk about the fact we have dual pandemics. There’s COVID-19, and then there’s systemic racism,” said Superintendent Susan Enfield.

Highline certainly isn’t alone on this viewpoint, but the district’s proximity to Seattle — it surrounds the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport — and its approach to its mission give it a unique stance, particularly when it comes to equity.

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