Sat, Oct 10 at 7pm
Brooklyn Free School
327 Clinton Ave
Featuring Jesse Hagopian
Five thousand members of the Seattle Education Association recently concluded one of the boldest strikes in recent years in the US. The SEA members stood, not only for pay raises, but for demands that resonated with parents and students. Before the strike even began, they demanded and won mandatory recess for all elementary school students. Through the strike, they won a dramatic reduction in the use of standardized tests — including a ban on using test scores in teacher evaluation. SEA members also made the fate of Black children a particular focus of their struggle.
In a city where Black children are overwhelmingly singled out for harsh disciplinary measures such as suspensions, SEA members demanded and won the creation of racial equity teams in 30 schools to examine those patterns and create local solutions to change them. Special education teachers, school psychologists and guidance counselors will all have smaller case loads because of the strike.
Seattle teacher and elected picket captain and member of the Social Equality Educators (SEE) caucus, Jesse Hagopian will speak about his experience in the strike and lessons for the fight to defend and improve public education.