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The Seattle Education Association strike is on as of 7:00 PM this evening.
I attended a meeting as the strike was being called that included teachers who have been on strikes and walk-outs along with teachers who would be doing this for the first time. The rest of the group was made up of concerned individuals who wanted to support the teachers during this time.
From the meeting, I came away with a list of ways to support our teachers based on the voices of many teachers.
Teachers and school staff will be at their respective schools tomorrow and Thursday outside the school on the picket line starting at 8:30 AM and ending at 3:00 PM. There will also be teachers at the Stanford Center during this time.
On Friday the teachers will be doing community work and will not be picketing.
This is what the teachers shared with me when I asked them what parents and concerned citizens can do to show their support.
The following answers are in the order I heard the comments:
Community Centers throughout the city associated with Seattle Parks and Recs will be open and available to parents on a low fee or no fee basis.
There will possibly be an event on Sunday to support and raise money for teachers to help them make their rent or mortgage payments. Many teachers have subsidized housing because they can’t afford rent in our neighborhoods.
There will be a forum on Thursday at City Hall in the Council Chambers with a great line up of speakers. It’s free to the public. This will also be an opportunity to join in and show support for our teachers, paraprofessionals, clerical staff, physical therapists, librarians and other school staff who are involved in the lives of students.
There is a Facebook page called Soup for Teachers that you can join to share information and coordinate efforts in supporting teachers.
We will provide new information as it becomes available.
See you on the picket line!
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