Standardized Testing Battle in Seattle: Union votes for a complete moratorium on all standardized tests!

I am bursting with pride for my union. The Seattle Education Association voted at this week's Representative Assembly to support a resolution calling for a moratorium on all standardized testing!  This vote comes in a long line of organizing and opposition to high-stakes testing in Seattle. In 2013, the teachers at Garfield High School voted …

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Livestream the Revolt: Educators in Solidarity with Oklahoma Strikers

LIVESTREAM "Educators in Revolt: Solidarity with Oklahoma," is a forum taking place in Seattle at the King Country Labor Temple on Saturday March 31st.  This forum will feature educators from West Virginia, Arizona, Oklahoma, and Seattle who have been leading strikes and mass protests to defend teachers and public education.  The forum will be livestreamed  …

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#BlackLivesMatterAtSchool is a National Uprising for Racial Justice

by Jesse Hagopian Educators in America know all too well that the school-to-prison pipeline is not just a political catchphrase. Those who work with students of color know this pipeline is as real as any other.   “It extends across this country,” says Seattle educator, attorney, and organizer Nikkita Oliver. This is why from February …

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“Turning the Streets Into Our Classroom”: Vote for May Day Strike!

Published by The South Seattle Emerald by Jesse Hagopian  By Wednesday this week every school in Seattle will have held a union vote to decided if our Seattle Education Association (SEA) should go out on strike on May Day—International Worker’s Day—to demand full funding for education, to support our immigrant students, and to defend union …

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The Power of declaring #BlackLivesMatterAtSchool

The hallways of Seattle schools were packed as always on Wednesday, October 19, but the difference was that thousands of teachers, students and staff were wearing similar t-shirts affirming Black lives. The Black Lives Matter at School day originated among teachers committed to social justice and was ultimately endorsed by the teachers' union, the NAACP, …

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