“You can count on us to make change”: Garfield High School students join national walkout against gun violence!

Students at Seattle's Garfield High School, where I teach, joined tens of thousands of their peers around the country in a mass walkout Wednesday to protest gun violence. Spurred by shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that killed 17 people, hundreds of Garfield students streamed out of the building at 10 …

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“Stop Blaming Teachers, Start Funding Schools”: 30,000 Teachers Walk Out in Protest of Big Class Sizes in Washington State

The economic justice periodical In These Times recently ran this important article on the mass rolling strike wave of teachers and educators across Washington State--including now some 65 different union locals--who are standing up to a lawless state legislature that refuses to obey a court order to fully fund education.  As I point out in …

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More Parents Opting Kids Out Of Standardized Tests

As a new school year begins, let me be the first to wish you parents, students, and teachers a year full of intellectual curiosity, problem solving, empowerment, and struggle to make education about more than the ability to eliminate wrong answer choices and shade the box corresponding to the single best answer choice. As a …

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Rally for MAP Test Boycott

Teachers at Seattle's Garfield High School voted unanimously not to administer district-mandated standardized MAP tests, calling it a waste of time and money. We were quickly joined by Orca, Chief Sealth, Center School, and Ballard.  Here is video footage of the first rally we had in support of the MAP test boycott. Save Our Schools …

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