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Community members attend school board meeting, rally for our schools

This post originally appeared on the Our Schools Coalition blog, of which LEV is a member.

More than 35 Seattle students, parents, and community members came together at last night’s school board meeting to share their message with Seattle Public Schools’ leaders.

Several Seattle University students attended the school board meeting and talked about the discipline issue in depth.

Several Seattle University students attended the school board meeting and talked about the discipline issue in depth.

Attendees thanked the district for its recent public commitment to include disproportionate and exclusionary discipline as topics of focus in its framework for the upcoming teacher contract negotiations.

More than 35 students, parents, and community members attended Wednesday's school board meeting

More than 35 students, parents, and community members attended Wednesday’s school board meeting

They also urged school board members and Superintendent Banda to improve student achievement and school climate through several key strategies including:

  • implementing Article II: Partnering to Close the Achievement Gap from the last negotiation cycle, and using targeted strategies that acknowledge racial bias in academic settings and in behavioral referrals;
  • training teachers and principals in effective, culturally responsive discipline practices that minimize bias in the classroom; and
  • using comprehensive, uniform data reporting systems so teachers and principals can ensure best practices.
Organizer Andaiye Qaasim with a sign encouraging SPS to use "solutions not suspensions"

Organizer Andaiye Qaasim with a sign encouraging SPS to use “solutions not suspensions”

Activists took time to submit written testimony to school board members on the issues that matter to them.

Activists took time to submit written testimony to school board members on the issues that matter to them.

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