Notes from the field: The Nathan Hale Rally

What was to be a forum presented by the League of Women Voters and the Seattle PTA with some of our state representatives there to field questions on funding for public schools quickly turned into a rally when a teacher from Nathan Hale High School brought down the house while talking about the SBAC and its unfairness to students and families. At the end of his speech, parents started chanting “Opt out, opt out, opt out!” and stomping their feet. Soon, the entire gymnasium exploded with excitement as the chant caught on and everyone was on their feet clapping, stamping … Continue reading Notes from the field: The Nathan Hale Rally

Elect Respect Community Brunch and Fundraiser: Join Jesse Hagopian and the Seattle Education Association Respect Slate members this Sunday

Elect Respect Community Brunch and Fundraiser Join Jesse Hagopian and the Seattle Education Association Respect Slate members for brunch Sunday, May 4th at 1:00 PM in the home of a Seattle School parent RSVP here and the address and directions will be provided to you. Jesse Hagopian and the Respect Slate are in the midst of a campaign that will determine the direction of the Seattle Education Association (SEA). They need our support to turn the Union into an organization that fights for the interests of students, teachers, and parents alike. City Council Member Nick Licata, School Board Director Sue … Continue reading Elect Respect Community Brunch and Fundraiser: Join Jesse Hagopian and the Seattle Education Association Respect Slate members this Sunday

Social Equality Educators (SEE) introduces its “Respect” slate of candidates for the SEA elections

On the one-year anniversary the historic MAP test boycott, teachers will launch a campaign in the upcoming Seattle Education Association (SEA) union election. Social Equality Educators (SEE) will introduce its “Respect” slate of candidates and education platform for the upcoming SEA union election at a January 30th Garfield Community Center forum. The SEE Respect candidates for office will include a coalition of MAP boycott leaders, members of current SEA Board of Directors, award-winning teachers, teachers new to the profession, and veteran educators, including: ·      Jesse Hagopian, “Secondary Teacher of the Year” Garfield High School, leader in MAP boycott—For SEA President … Continue reading Social Equality Educators (SEE) introduces its “Respect” slate of candidates for the SEA elections

Class Size and the Seattle Education Association Contract Negotiations

It’s contract bargaining time again for Seattle Public School teachers and one important aspect on the table this year is class size. The district wants to increase class sizes, not for budgetary reasons, but as they put it, due to issues of “capacity”. I have to smile to myself about this because just a few years ago, there was a big push by our former Broad superintendent and her school board contingent to close schools. A costly and pointless exercise that created an even greater demand for classroom space the following year. Bill Gates and other ed reformers have said … Continue reading Class Size and the Seattle Education Association Contract Negotiations

Two more schools join the Seattle MAP test boycott and USDOE study on the MAP gives it a failing grade

   …and the Washington Education Association Assembly has voted to support the boycott.      Ingraham High School and Thornton Creek Elementary have joined the MAP test boycott which brings the number of schools opting out of the MAP test to seven. 30 teachers at Roosevelt High School have also joined the protest and teachers at Franklin High School stated that if the test is to be given next year, they will boycott the MAP test also.      The list of boycotting schools as of today is: Ballard High School The Center School Chief Sealth International High School Garfield High School … Continue reading Two more schools join the Seattle MAP test boycott and USDOE study on the MAP gives it a failing grade

SEA Candidate statements by Jonathan Knapp and Phyllis Campano

In the spirit of fairness, because I have posted information regarding Eric Muhs who is a candidate for President of the Seattle Education Association, to follow is a statement by Jonathan Knapp and his running mate Phyllis Campano. Every governance election within a union presents a crossroads for the membership. At the crossroads of this election we believe that there are two paths available. We can go back to the illusory notion that before the “ed reformers” came along everything was fine. Under this view, all we have to do is say “no” to the very powerful forces that are … Continue reading SEA Candidate statements by Jonathan Knapp and Phyllis Campano

Jesse Hagopian vs. Washington State: Seattle Equality Educators Happy Hour/Live Music Fundraiser

Press release by SEE: On the opening day of the last special session of the WA state legislature, Garfield High School teacher, Jesse Hagopian made headlines when he got arrested trying to arrest the legislature for being out of compliance for fully funding public education. Mr. Hagopian was interviewed by Keith Olbermann on Countdown and has written about his reasons for his actions in an article titled Why I Am Shopping for Handcuffs on Black Friday: Occupy the Capitol! This afternoon and evening,  March 16th from 4-7:30 PM, at the Grotto (under the Rendezvous in Belltown) where for ONLY $5, … Continue reading Jesse Hagopian vs. Washington State: Seattle Equality Educators Happy Hour/Live Music Fundraiser

Fundraiser for Seattle Education Association Candidate Eric Muhs

Fundraiser for Seattle Education Association Candidate Eric Muhs Friday, March 9th 5:30pm until 8:00pm In the home of Kate Martin 412 NW 73rd St Seattle 98117 Eric Muhs, Ballard High School physics teacher, is running for president of Seattle Education Association, the teacher’s union in Seattle. Come meet Eric, talk to him about our schools, learn about his platform and what differentiates him from his opponent, Jonathan Knapp. I have had the opportunity to become familiar with both candidates and I believe that Eric represents the change we need to see at SEA. So, let’s get together during this happy … Continue reading Fundraiser for Seattle Education Association Candidate Eric Muhs

Seattle Education Association candidate’s coffee chats : Meet Eric Muhs

Meet Eric Muhs, get to know him and his views on teaching, education and union leadership. Friday, Feb 24th 9:30 am to 11:00 am Capitol Hill Cafe Presse 1117 12th AVENUE SEATTLE, WA 98122 TEL:206.709.7674   Saturday, Feb 25th 9:30 am to 11 am Georgetown All City Coffee 1205 S Vale Street, (between S Corson Ave & S 12th Ave) Seattle, WA 98108 (206) 767-7146 Sunday Feb 26th 9:30 am to 11 am Ballard Cafe Fiore 5405 Leary Avenue Northwest Seattle (206) 706-0421 You can check out Eric’s involvement with Social Equality Educators (SEE) at their website and Eric’s testimony … Continue reading Seattle Education Association candidate’s coffee chats : Meet Eric Muhs

Parents Across America/Seattle’s letter to SEA representatives about the MOU

Below is a letter that is being handed out this evening by members of Parents Across America-Seattle to teachers before the vote on the MOU regarding the Creative Approach Schools. Hi educators, We are parents of children at Seattle Public Schools who are concerned about the defunding and privatization of our schools. As you decide whether to approve the MOU on “Creative Approach Schools,” we have a few points we hope you will consider. • Many of the provisions in the contract that protect you as teachers also help our kids. Broad waivers of the contract means that things like … Continue reading Parents Across America/Seattle’s letter to SEA representatives about the MOU