Seattle Educators on Strike!: Walking the picket line, day one

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.

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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:

Seattle Teachers Launch First Strike in Three Decades (1/2) Professor Wayne Au and Seattle teacher Jesse Hagopian discuss the reasons for the strike as the superintendent goes to court to compel teachers back to work DATE: 2015-09-09 | LENGTH: 08:16

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  1. Keep up the great work. If I lived in the area, I’d be there with you.

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  2. North Jersey reader | Reply

    The Seattle teachers are courageous in striking. Newark, NJ teachers haven’t been able to do so under state takeover. They would lose job and certification; district would hire TFAs.

    News interview gave you 8 minutes; that’s amazing.

    Your students may read this so we want them to see correct usage. Auto-spell may have kicked in; should read: Teachers … GHS … played a role
    (I read about GHS/MAP test on Dr Diane Ravitch’s blog last year–they deserve to feel proud.)

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  3. […] “Seattle Educators on Strike!: Walking the Picket Line, Day One,” by Jesse Hagopian (I Am an Educator, 9/10/15) […]

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  4. […] “Seattle Educators on Strike!: Walking the Picket Line, Day One,” by Jesse Hagopian (I Am an Educator, 9/10/15) […]

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