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Q&A: Jesse Hagopian on Teaching for Black Lives

Michael Bennett and Macklemore gifting a copy of Teaching for Black Lives to Seattle language arts and social studies teachers

by Carolyn Bick

Former Seahawk Michael Bennett and rapper Macklemore felt strongly enough about the importance of education for Black students that they’re sending copies of Teaching For Black Lives to every every language arts and social studies teacher in middle and high schools in Seattle Public Schools. On Monday, co-editor Jesse Hagopian and his fellow co-editors will hold a discussion on the book and improving education for Black students. Less than a week prior, Hagopian announced the gift that Bennett and Macklemore are making to educators the community.

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A Day at Freedom School: How Could Other Education Models Transform Our Public Schools?

by Guy Oron

On a hot Thursday summer morning in a church in South Beacon Hill, I joined about 40 people of all ages, from youth to elders, to learn about racism. Organized by Youth Undoing Institutional Racism (YUIR), which is affiliated with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, Tyree Scott Freedom School is a five-day summer camp, primarily for youth and young adults of color, which focuses on community organizing, learning a deeper analysis about racism and systems of oppression, and undoing racism in our society.

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Tentative teacher contract not strong enough in race equity, some educators say

by Carolyn Bick

Despite reaching a tentative agreement with the district Friday night, educators could still vote to strike. Teachers will meet to discuss the agreement Friday evening, Sept. 7, and vote on the agreement the next day.

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Rainier Beach Students Start School with High Fives and Encouragement

by Susan Fried

The Rainier Beach High School students arriving for the first day of school Wednesday morning didn’t know what to make of the small crowd of people — with a few small children — gathered near the school entrance by the Paul Robeson Performing Arts Center. But once the students passed by the group, the received high fives and a crowd of people saying, “Welcome back, and have a wonderful day.”

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Teen Summer Musical a Springboard to a Life of Performance for Seattle youth

by Susan Fried

The Teen Summer Musical has been a tradition in Seattle isince 1996. Except for a brief hiatus in the early 2000s, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute has been the home for between 60 and 100 kids for 8 to 10 weeks every summer. The kids audition a few weeks after school ends for the summer. Those who are chosen rehearse from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., five days a week until they perform the finished product in August.

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Rainier Beach Urban Farm Celebrates Improvements to Farm and Trail

by Susan Fried

More than 800 people visited the Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands Saturday, July 21, for the inaugural Farm Fest, a celebration and opportunity to see some of the improvements Seattle’s largest urban farm has gone through over the last year following the construction of a new kitchen, office, and classroom spaces and updates to the farm and nature trail.

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All Children Deserve an Education, No Matter Their Immigration Status

by Rhonda M. Carter

The Trump administration has already fostered an anti-immigrant climate catastrophic for many immigrant children and their families. Many young immigrants are seeing the promise of an education slip out of their grasp. Moves from abruptly ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and revoking Temporary Protected Status from tens of thousands of established U.S. residents to effectively banning travel to the U.S. for those from selected majority Muslim countries are working together to burden students. Immigrant students are receiving a resounding message that their desire to learn is not meaningful and that they, along with their families and communities, are unwelcome and at risk of separation at any time from those they love most and who most love them.

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