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How Better Data Collection Can Narrow Opportunity Gap for Washington Children

by Bach Mai Dolly Nguyen and Erin Okuno

Seattle Public Schools (SPS) represents the demographic change that is expected nationwide by 2044, when the United States’ population will become majority students of color.[1]

With 53 percent students of color, SPS is emblematic of changes in K-12 classrooms that many other school districts in Washington State will begin to see. As these demographic shifts have taken place, the state-legislated Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee (EOGOAC) – who provides recommendations on policies and strategies for closing the opportunity gap to the Superintendent of Public Instruction – has been at the forefront of conversations about how data plays a role in capturing the evolving diversity of students in order to achieve the State’s educational racial equity aims. Continue reading How Better Data Collection Can Narrow Opportunity Gap for Washington Children

Supporting Indigenous and POC Businesses This Holiday Season

by Sharon H. Chang

Every year people living in the United States spend obscene amounts of money on the holidays. This Black Friday, for instance, Americans just spent a record 5 billion dollars in 24 hours, and by the end of the fiscal year retailers are expecting total holiday revenues of over 680 billion dollars. Continue reading Supporting Indigenous and POC Businesses This Holiday Season

Can Our Activists Get Some Love

by Marcus Harrison Green

(published in partnership with the Seattle Weekly)

Last week the King County Council flirted with history when it proposed that the Public Health Department oversee the county’s handling of juvenile detention. If it follows through, the county would be the first in the nation to make such a move. At a time when resistance to youth incarceration has become de rigeur, the county received plaudits from many corners. Naturally, among those reveling in the moment were activists with NoNewYouthJail. Continue reading Can Our Activists Get Some Love

Political Pulpit: Seattle Activist Had 51 Days In Power

by Dae Shik Kim Hawkins Jr

What happens when someone from the outside, a local grassroots activist, submits her application to become interim city councilmember and is pushed through the selection process by community grassroots efforts? Politicians from both sides have never been more distrusted by the movement in our country, but could this be different? Can Councilmember Kirsten Harris-Talley’s 51-day appointment be the model of how we need to fight moving forward?

I sat down with Harris-Talley, a Hillman City resident, to reflect on her time as an interim Seattle City Councilmember. Continue reading Political Pulpit: Seattle Activist Had 51 Days In Power

Justice League: Yet Another Superhero Movie

by Gracie Bucklew

[Note: This column contains spoilers for the movie Justice League]

With a whopping $300 million budget and a lengthy comic book history, Justice League comes with high expectations. The team consists of DC Comics heavyweights Wonder Woman, Batman, Flash, Cyborg, Aquaman, and Superman. This movie has many accomplishments and many downfalls. Continue reading Justice League: Yet Another Superhero Movie

What’s Next for the New Port Commission?

by Hanna Brooks Olsen 

Two new faces and a much bigger spotlight could mean much more movement from the Port of Seattle

As polls began to close on November 7th, it was clear that a change was in the air. Seats in deeply red areas of the country were turning blue and campaigns built on keeping things the same were being trounced by those which insisted on progress. The first drops in Washington State showed a similar pattern; the voters of the 45th district had elected a Democrat to replace the late Andy Hill, once again creating a Democratic majority in both the House and the Senate. Continue reading What’s Next for the New Port Commission?

A 2017 Election Autopsy

by Michael Maddux, Opinion Writer

What 2017 Tells Us About Seattle

In Seattle, this year’s election was cast as many things. For some, it was about routing the so-called establishment. For others, it was seen as an opportunity to elect ideological purists to the city council. To some it was viewed as a referendum on HALA and density. Not to mention the questions surrounding revenue options in Seattle, and how we’re addressing the homelessness crisis. At the end of the day, most “sides” can claim some victory. A week out, with most of the ballots counted, here’s what voters said: Continue reading A 2017 Election Autopsy