May 8th Statewide Day of Action for a Capital Gains Tax

By Whitney Kahn, Parapro substitute “The legislature funds basic education, not perfect education,” Senator Mullet’s legislative assistant said to us as we sat in his office. I was stunned that the word ‘basic’, designed to mean ‘K-12’ was being used to mean ‘substandard’. This is how the legislature views our schools. I was left thinking, ‘With Democrats like these, who needs Republicans?’ We had come from all over the state to Olympia in an emergency response to two amendments to a school funding bill, made in the dead of night, which would undermine educator salaries & union rights. More of

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Mandy Manning for WEA President

(Editor’s Note: The steering committee of Social Equity Educators voted to endorse Mandy Manning for WEA President. Manning won the 2018 National Teacher of the Year award from the Council of Chief State School Officers. She teaches English Language Learners in the Newcomer Center at Joel E. Ferris High School in Spokane, Washington. Last May, Manning visited the White House to receive an award honoring her from Donald Trump. While receiving the award, she staged a silent protest. She handed Trump a stack of 45 letters written by her immigrant students, in which they explained their “hopes and dreams for

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Rosa Powers for SEA Vice-President!

(Editor’s Note: If current SEA President Phyllis Campano is elected to the position of WEA Vice-President at the WEA Representative Assembly in Spokane April 25-27, the current SEA Vice-President Michael Tamayo will automatically be promoted to be the SEA President. At the June SEA Representative Assembly, there will be a special election for a one-year term for the SEA Vice-President until the regularly scheduled election next year. If this happens, Social Equity Educators has endorsed and encourages all SEA building reps to vote for Garfield High School Teacher Rosa Powers for SEA Vice-President.) I’m Rosa Powers and I’m running for

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Black Lives Matter at School Student Talent Showcase

Black Lives Matter at School Student Talent Showcase Words can’t describe how proud SEE is to have worked with the NAACP Youth Coalition (N-YC) to co-sponsor the Black Lives Matter at School Student Talent Showcase on Friday March 8 at Cleveland High School. These creative youth–dancers, poets, filmmakers, singers and more– defined the phrase, “Young, Gifted, and Black!” and made the case for how to uproot institutional racism in education! We’d like to give a special thanks to all kinds of support from the Seattle Council of the PTSA, especially Sebrena Burr, Eliza Rankin for designing the poster and program

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In Honor of Zyad Shakur: Push the Ball Forward

In Honor of Zyad Shakur: Push the Ball Forward By Bruce Jackson, Special Education teacher at Aki Kurose Middle School, member of SEE (Editor’s Note: Bruce delivered this speech at the Black Lives Matter at School Student Talent Showcase on March 8 at Cleveland High School.) When I was 10 years old, my uncle Zyad Shakur was murdered on the New Jersey turnpike while fighting to protect the unalienable rights of black people in this country. After his death, his family, my aunt Louise and cousin Craig moved in with us. A few days later she started receiving threats on

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Is It Too Much To Dream?

Is It Too Much To Dream? By Israel Presley, Rainier Beach High School student (Editor’s Note: Israel delivered this spoken word at the Black Lives Matter at School Student Talent Showcase on March 8 at Cleveland High School.) Is it too much to dream?  Well, I want to say I dream of a city full of churches where our leaders can return and preach. I dream of peace and a voice so powerful there isn’t a place on this planet it couldn’t reach. I dream of teachers that look like me, think like me, love like me, so we can

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