by Carolyn Bick
Less than a week after Seattle Public Schools closed its schools’ doors to help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, working single mom Karen Anthony found her seven-year-old son James on the roof of the house.
“He’s climbed up on my roof twice now. And this happens in five minutes –– quite miraculous, actually,” Anthony said with a small laugh.
Anthony’s two children, James and his brother Elliott, 13, both attend Seattle Public Schools (SPS) and are severely impacted by autism spectrum disorder. They were each diagnosed at age two-and-a-half. When school is in session, the boys require high levels of support in the classroom.
Continue reading Students on the autism spectrum and their parents face extra hurdles in trying to learn from home
by Guy Oron
Azure Savage is an author, activist and senior at Garfield High School. Savage recently published You Failed Us: Students of Color Talk Seattle Schools, a memoir and oral history of his and 40 other students of color’s experiences with racism in the Seattle Public Schools district. The book confronts Seattle’s education system and shows how programs, such as the advanced learning program, harm students of color. Continue reading Q&A: Student, Author and Activist Azure Savage Discusses Racism and Centering Students of Color at Seattle Public Schools
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.
Continue reading Emijah Smith, Mother, Survivor, and Seattle Public Schools Volunteer Counters Media Shaming
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.
Continue reading OPINION: District 7 School Board Director Search Has Not Prioritized South End Voices
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.
Continue reading OPINION: Preserving Dearborn Park School’s Dual Language Program
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.
Continue reading Seattle Public Schools Showcases Its Present and Looks to the Future of Ethnic Studies
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.
Continue reading OPINION: Vote Yes on Props. 1 and 2, Support Our Students and Schools
by Carolyn Bick
The Seattle Public Schools is fielding counter accusations of racism and sexism between administrators over a $500,000 settlement the district granted a former Athletics Department employee.
Continue reading Seattle Public Schools Athletics Administrators Offering Counter Accusations of Sexism and Racism
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.
Continue reading Rainier View Elementary Principal Wins Foster Award for Closing Opportunity Gap
Story and photos by Susan Fried
Most Garfield High School staff and students left their classes and gathered in the school’s gym to show support for two teachers displaced from Garfield High School around 10 a.m. on September 28. The two teachers being displaced are Jessie Purcell, who teaches health and physical education, and Amy Miller, who teaches health. The teachers work with a lot of students, particularly students of color and low-income students.
Continue reading Garfield students, teachers protest displacement of two educators