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Emijah Smith, Mother, Survivor, and Seattle Public Schools Volunteer Counters Media Shaming

by Emijah Smith

I am a mother who loves my children. As a parent, it’s my responsibility to protect the safety of my family and keep them from harm.

I am a survivor. Seven years ago, my family’s safety was in jeopardy. Dangerous adults violated and disregarded a protection order when they came to my home with ill-intent to harm us. This incident was one in a long, traumatic series in which members of my family experienced violence and threats of violence. My entire family was harassed and our physical safety was threatened prior to and after the incident recently reported. I protected my family to the best of my ability. However reporting by The Seattle Times and particularly KUOW have represented this experience in ways that are an attack on my character and victim-blaming.

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OPINION: District 7 School Board Director Search Has Not Prioritized South End Voices

by Erin Okuno

Southeast Seattle, District 7, is currently without a school board director. In June 2019, Director Betty Patu announced she would be stepping down from her board seat July 2019. Patu had 2 years and 4 months left in her term. This left the remaining six school board directors to fill the seat through an appointment process. Last night, August 21, the board narrowed the field to three candidates: Brandon Hersey, Emijah Smith, and Julie Van Arcken.

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OPINION: Preserving Dearborn Park School’s Dual Language Program

by Lisa Gascon, Monica Martinez and Kristy Shapcott

Dearborn Park International School (DPIS) is a vibrant and welcoming place. Our school resides in one of the most diverse zip codes in the country. Our children not only belong to a close-knit circle of families and friends, they are also part of a broader community, rich in its diversity of ethnicities, backgrounds, languages and cultures. The dual language immersion program is the thread weaving together the tapestry of the DPIS community.

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Seattle Public Schools Showcases Its Present and Looks to the Future of Ethnic Studies

by Leija Farr

The start of 2019 signified a changing narrative for Seattle Public Schools. Students can bring many valuable and delicate attributes to a learning environment: their voices, their style, and their personalities, among other things. But there is one specific attribute that fits beyond the boundaries of a classroom and find its roots beyond the margins of a textbook: culture. The Communal Voice of SPS Ethnic Studies embodies just that.

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OPINION: Vote Yes on Props. 1 and 2, Support Our Students and Schools

by Erin Okuno

Every three years, Seattle Public Schools ask voters to renew two critical education levies. These levies fund day-to-day operations for our students, from textbooks to salaries. They also help build new schools, improve safety and help fund nurses and counselors for our students.

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Rainier View Elementary Principal Wins Foster Award for Closing Opportunity Gap

by Makenna Dreher

Walking down the soon-to-be bustling hallway of Rainier View Elementary on a Thursday morning, Principal Anitra Jones describes the history of the school, including its reopening eight years ago. In mid-sentence, Jones stops as she sees a student coming out of the bathroom. She leans over and greets him by name with a high-five.

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