Support Students, Respect Educators, and Invest in Our Communities

Sign the Petition: https://tinyurl.com/SEECovid To Superintendent Denise Juneau, Mayor Jenny Durkan, King County Executive Dow Constantine, and Governor Jay Inslee: We are writing to ask that you do everything in your power to support students, staff, and community members in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. As Seattle educators, we are grateful to know that our school district and state have taken key steps toward stopping the spread of the coronavirus by closing schools in Washington State until April 24th. We are also grateful for the steps you have each taken to promote equity at this difficult time, including canceling state-mandated

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Tax Amazon and Big Business to Build Green Homes in Seattle

For union-built, publicly owned, energy efficient, affordable housing linked to high quality and free public transit By Whitney Kahn I’m a para sub, so I get around. I take overcrowded buses to schools across the district. And just about everywhere I go, I hear stories of teachers commuting in from Burien, Kent, and beyond just because they can’t afford Seattle rents for their family. As I expect most of you do as well, I also struggle to give students who actively experience homelessness the care and education they need. In one of the richest cities in one of the richest

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Demand Equitable Funding of Rainier Beach High School!

What: Walk-In to Demand Equitable Funding for Rainier Beach High School When: Wednesday May 1 from 8:20-8:55am Where: Front of Rainier Beach High School (8815 Seward Park Ave S, Seattle 98118) Sign the online petition: https://tinyurl.com/y4rv3y4b For more information contact: Christina Black: 206-383-7251 christinablack.rainierbeach@gmail.com or Mark Epstein: 206-743-6155 mdepstein1@gmail.com —————————————————– ALL students deserve: Four full years of courses in all core subject areas Culturally responsive curriculum and staff Opportunity to thrive in all subjects, not simply to meet graduation minimum requirements All Seattle Public High Schools must offer students these opportunities. When cuts must happen, equity demands we unapologetically address the needs

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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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