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Social Equity Educators encourages all SEA members, parents and allies to join us in a campaign to stop the cutting of 33 positions of Seattle Education Association members in Seattle Public Schools (SPS).
Join SEE at the SPS Board meeting, where we will be picketing at the start of the meeting and asking questions during the meeting.
We encourage everyone to attend the rally before the meeting and sign up to ask questions about why the cuts are happening and demand that they be stopped.
On September 19, a letter signed by four SPS administrators was distributed to Principals throughout the district detailing 33 “staffing adjustments” according to the letter. The district claims “an estimated 775 fewer students are enrolled than were projected. This creates a reduction in revenue of $7.5 million to our already challenged budget.”
While there are 12 new positions being created in schools with enrollments higher than the projections and some schools have managed to retain their staff, SEE finds it unacceptable that in one of the richest cities in the country almost 30 positions will be cut, many in South End or Alternative schools with our highest need students.
The Nova Project, where 60% of its students are LGBTQ, will lose 2 positions from a staff of barely over 20 teachers. Garfield High School learned last week that they would be losing two educators, as well, leading to a teach-in on Friday, September 28; https://www.seattletimes.com/education-lab/teachers-at-garfield-stop-classes-until-lunch-after-receiving-news-of-more-staff-displacements/
The fact that these cuts were announced less than two weeks after SEA members ratified a new one-year contract, negotiated through an “interest based bargaining process” where both sides agreed to negotiate based on their alleged shared interests, makes the recent agreement ring hollow to many SEA members.
In addition, it comes after the Washington State Legislature allocated an additional $2 billion for educators salaries to allegedly meet the demands of and settle the McCleary decision.
SEE calls on all SEA members, parents, students, and allies in the community to join us in a campaign to stop these cuts. Not even a single displacement is acceptable. An injury to one is an injury to all!