Educators in Revolt: Solidarity with Oklahoma!

The recent strike by 20,000 West Virginia educators inspired and electrified educators and workers all over the country. Now on April 2, some 150,000 educators and public workers in Oklahoma are planning to strike. After suffering 11 years without a pay raise, Oklahoma teachers are among the lowest-paid educators in the United States. Along with their union, the Oklahoma Education Association, they are demanding $800 million in school funding and pay increases from the state legislature by that date or they will strike. In addition, the Oklahoma Public Employees Association announced its members would strike at that time if the

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The Housing Crisis in Our Schools

by Robert McKay, Substitute Parapro   This is the first in a series of articles about the housing crisis as it impacts our youth and families in SPS. We’ll be collecting stories that put a human face on the crisis as we build toward bold, transformative solutions that treat housing as a human right. Have a story to share from your school? Contact the author on Twitter @fin4sopo or by email at rjmckayiv@gmail.com.   Seattle’s deepening crisis of affordable housing and homelessness doesn’t stop at the doors of our schools. Since the Great Recession, the speculative bubble in urban real

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Charter Schools: A Raw Deal for Students with IEP’s

By Dailey Evans, educator at Denny International Middle School   Summit Atlas opened its’ doors in the Fall of 2017 in West Seattle on the corner of 35th and Roxbury. The school serves students in grades 6-12. Seeing as I work at Denny International Middle School, which serves students in the same neighborhoods, I was anxious to see how it would affect enrollment numbers for our school this year. As part of building relationships between home and school, and also with hope of helping to ease the transition between elementary and middle school, our 6th grade teachers set up home

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Black Lives Matter in Seattle Public Schools: Final Rally

By Tracy Castro-Gill, educator at Rainier Beach High School The culmination of a year’s worth of work was celebrated tonight at Cleveland High School where students, artists, activists, parents, educators, and community members gathered to shout, “Black Lives Matter!” And while the mood was certainly celebratory, the message to be ready to continue the fight was front and center. One of the night’s MC’s, Jerrell Davis, artist, activist, and educator, set the tone early when he said Black lives will matter when it’s happening, “not on a policy level, but on a real level; on a heart level.” Jerrell’s co-MC

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NAACP Youth Coalition: When Will Black Lives Matter?

Aneesa Roidad (Ballard HS) was on stage last night at Cleveland High School for the Black Lives Matter at School Rally, representing the NAACP Youth Coalition with her colleagues Makhari Dysart (West Seattle HS), Skala Leake (Ballard HS), Alli Shin (Ballard HS), and Layla Mohamud (The Center School).    Aneesa and the N-YC assert that: Black lives will matter in schools when we have teachers who look like us, can relate to us, and serve as role models for us.  Black lives will matter in schools when we are taught comprehensive history with diverse narratives, not just from the white perspective.  Black lives will

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Why Black Lives Matter at School Week was Important to Me?

By Milga Sharif, student at Rainier Beach High School I’m a sophomore from Rainier Beach high school. I am an African-American Muslim who has foreign parents from Somalia. As you may know, it’s black lives matter week. And since it’s that week, we must bring up topics that have been hushed from the polluted society that is our country such as young high school teens being murdered just by the way they ‘look’, ‘talk’, and the so-called way they ‘act’. Children, young adults, and families in our very own school and neighborhoods are being affected by the inhumanity caused by

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