Student and Parents Rally Despite Agreement for School to Resume Thursday

by Reagan Jackson

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Seattle teachers, students and parents march in Pioneer Square at this mornings demonstration. Photo Credit: Reagan Jackson

After five missed school days Seattle Public Schools and the Seattle Education Association have come to a tentative agreement that may end the teacher’s strike. Though full details haven’t been released as of yet, The Seattle Education Association’s board of directors and its representative body voted to recommend the agreement reached this morning by deal makers for the the union and district. Continue reading Student and Parents Rally Despite Agreement for School to Resume Thursday

Hookah Lounges Get Racial Equity Assessment, Now What?

by Reagan Jackson

Seattle Hookah Lounge owners met with three representatives from the Office of Civil Rights to complete a racial equity assessment Tuesday afternoon. “At the end of this toolkit process what we’re going to have some idea about is what are the racial equity impacts on a whole assortment of hookah lounge issues,” said Patricia Lally, the Director of the Office of Civil Rights. “The regulatory, how can hookah lounges be licensed, should they be licensed, if they are going to be allowed to exist who benefits and who might be harmed and if there is a harm how do we help mitigate that harm.” Continue reading Hookah Lounges Get Racial Equity Assessment, Now What?

The Teacher Strike and the Cycle of Poverty

by Hanna Brooks Olsen (Featured Image courtesy of Michael “Renaissance” Moynihan)

If you know one thing about the teacher strike, it’s probably that the teachers are bargaining for higher wages, which is true.

Seattle Public Schools teachers haven’t had a cost of living adjustment in six years — and in that time, rents in Seattle have gone up about 40% in some places, meaning our educators are actively making less money than they were a few years ago, to do the same important job. Continue reading The Teacher Strike and the Cycle of Poverty

Climate Change Policy: Our Collective Shame

by John Stafford

INTRODUCTION

It is inappropriate to use specific weather events as evidence for or against climate change, as the warming climate does not eliminate hot or cold weather cycles; rather, it changes their relative prevalence over time.  Nonetheless, one cannot escape the irony that just after the completion of the 2015 State Legislative Session – in which climate change legislation was treated with derision (Inslee’s cap-and-trade proposal was not even espoused by the Democratic-controlled House; a “poison pill” was inserted by the Republican caucus into the transportation budget that requires moving funds from transit to roads if Inslee attempts to raise fuel standards; etc.) – more than 3,000 wildfires burned over one million acres of land in Washington and Oregon, and up to 400,000 salmon died in overly hot rivers engendered by snowpack drought.  Moving from anecdotal to substantive evidence for climate change:  14 of the 15 hottest years on record have occurred since 2000, and the daily average atmospheric level of carbon dioxide crossed the 400 parts per million threshold in May.  The mind-boggling disconnect between scientific reality and public policy response continues. Continue reading Climate Change Policy: Our Collective Shame

This Weekend In South Seattle: Tiki Luau, Mt. Baker Day in the Park & 100 Men in Suits

Events this weekend in the South Seattle area

Friday, September 11th

Movies: Opening Day of A Walk in the Woods Details: Starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte. This road trip comedy is about an aging travel writer who decides to hike the 2000-mile Appalachian Trail, accompanied by a long estranged high school buddy he’s been avoiding for years. Along the way, the duo face off with each other, nature and an eccentric assortment of characters only to discover that some roads are better left untraveled.Time:4:20pm, 7:20pm-Where: 4816 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98118. More Info:  http://www.arklodgecinemas.com Continue reading This Weekend In South Seattle: Tiki Luau, Mt. Baker Day in the Park & 100 Men in Suits

Childcare Scramble: South Seattle Parents Transform Homes Into Daycares During Teacher Strike

by Marilee Jolin

My phone rang Tuesday evening and I immediately recognized the number.  “This is an important message from Seattle Public Schools” the metallic voice cooed and then informed me there would be no school tomorrow due to the failed negotiations between SPS and the Teachers’ Union.   “Please visit the Seattle Public Schools website,” the message said, “for a list of childcare options.”   Continue reading Childcare Scramble: South Seattle Parents Transform Homes Into Daycares During Teacher Strike

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