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.
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.
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.