Open Letter to SEA President Jonathan Knapp

An Open Letter to Seattle Education Association President Jonathan Knapp from the Social Equality Educators — Dear President Knapp, As members and supporters of the Social Equality Educators (SEE), an organization of rank-and-file social justice activist teachers and educational employees in the Seattle Education Association, we are writing to express our dismay over your recent remarks in the Seattle Times article titled, “Seattle teachers union adopts softer strategy.” To read our union president announce to the world that we do not intend to mount the most vigorous struggle necessary to counter the specious arguments of billionaire education reformers (and any understudies

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My Greatest Teaching Moment

“I achieved the greatest moment in my teaching career this past winter.  Though billionaire education reformers may fall out of their brass-studded leather chairs to hear it, I did not attain this moment of euphoria from running bubble tests through a Scantron machine and reading the red-inked percentages it spit out. It occurred, in fact, as hundreds upon hundreds of students streamed past me in the hallways, leaving school in the middle of the day carrying hand-made signs that read, “Fund Our Future!” and “No More Cuts.” I was simply overwhelmed with emotion.” — From Yes! Magazine: My Greatest Teaching Moment by

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‘Occupy Education’ Debates the Gates Foundation (and Wins)

“The chants of some 150 teachers, students, parents and Occupy Seattle activists reverberated off the windows of the global headquarters of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – a leading promoter of a corporate brand of education reform—announcing we were ready for our scheduled debate about the schools as part of a national call to “Occupy Education” on March 1st. From Oscar Grant Plaza in Oakland, California, to the Department of Education in Washington, D.C., Occupy activists schooled the nation with experiential learning demonstrations with the instructional objective of making education a right for the 99 percent, not a privilege

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SEE Members testify before the Washington House Committee on Education

On Jan. 20th, SEE members Eric Muhs and India Carlson testified at a hearing of the Washington State House Education Committee.  Here are the video clips:  

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