The first day of the strike by Seattle’s teachers and educational support staff was incredible. The solidarity from the community was truly inspirational, and the spirits of the educators are high. Teachers at the picket line at Garfield High School were especially proud to have played a roll in launching the rebellion against high-stakes testing that the union is taking up so strongly in the current contract negotiations.
Every school across Seattle had an enormous turnout of teachers walking the picket line to demand a school system worthy of the students we educate. I stepped away from the picket line at Garfield during my lunch break to give this interview, along with the great Wayne Au, about the strike and the recent ruling by the Washington State Supreme Court that charter schools are unconstitutional: