Seattle students mark Black Lives Matter at School Week

A coalition of activists, educators and students have organized lesson plans and classrooms in Seattle become filled with discussions and activities, all inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.
Feb 13, 2019

Opinion: Our Seattle School Board needs to do right by students and families

Data shows clear disadvantages for Seattle students of color and English language learners. Time for the Seattle School Board to step up.
Nov 5, 2017

Students tell Seattle school board Ethnic Studies needed

More than 50 students, parents and teachers told the Seattle Public Schools that Ethnic Studies should be mandatory in the district's K-12 curriculum.
Mar 17, 2017

Make America Love Again: Seattle students walk out

On Monday, thousands of students from schools across Seattle walked out of class as a reaction to the election of Donald Trump as president.
Nov 16, 2016
Gerald Donaldson, a Family Support Worker at Leschi Elementary School, high fives students entering the school. (Photo by Jovelle Tamayo)

Want black male role models in our schools? Hire them as teachers.

There's a strikingly simple solution for the black student achievement gap in Seattle schools: recruit more black teachers.
Oct 13, 2016

Seattle teachers to wear “Black Lives Matter” shirts, focus on racial equity

At least 1,000 educators throughout Seattle Public Schools will wear “Black Lives Matter” T-shirts to school on Wednesday.

Black community leaders show support for Seattle students — no matter what

While #SeattleHigh5 at one school was celebrated without a hitch, officials at another school seemed to back away from a show of support for black students.
Sep 17, 2016

Seattle World School gears up for move to permanent home

In September, the students of Seattle World School — a school of nearly 300 immigrant students grades six through 12 — will open their doors to a new home.
Jul 14, 2016

How a whiter Seattle creates more education inequities

Seattle has the fifth largest test score gap between black and white students. Education reform alone won't close that gap, says Wayne Au.
Jun 16, 2016

Why it’s important to honor home languages in schools

A new "Speak Your Language" campaign is encouraging schools and parents to preserve home language.
Feb 16, 2016
Chairs at Eckstein Middle School. (Photo from Flickr by Cory Doctorow)

Why we need to save social justice teaching

Following the ouster from Seattle Public School of teachers who emphasize social justice, educators and allies look for ways to fight back.
Jan 21, 2016
Gabriel Ray Pierre (left) high fives a student at Leschi Elementary School on Friday, as part of #SeattleHigh5. The event aimed to show children of color positive images of black men and women in their community. (Photo by Jovelle Tamayo)

Seattle high fives to celebrate Black lives

Why were Leschi Elementary students greeted with high fives as they arrived at school on Friday?
Sep 28, 2015
Roger Rigor. (Photo by Johan Liedgren)

Seattle School District displaces Roger Rigor, beloved Ida B. Wells teacher

Roger Rigor spent 18 years building a path to college for struggling high school students. Why did Seattle Public Schools push him out?
Jul 3, 2015

Seattle World School graduates first high school class

Seattle World School celebrated its first 13 high school graduates Tuesday, in an emotional and touching graduation ceremony that recognized each student.
Jun 12, 2015
The first day of school is uncertain enough without racializing kids. (Photo from Flickr by Eden, Janine and Jim)

Welcome to Seattle Public Schools. What race are you?

Enrolling your child in Seattle Public Schools means choosing their race and ethnicity from a confounding list of checkboxes.
May 5, 2015

Time to shed the ‘progressive mystique’ and confront racism in Seattle

We may fancy ourselves a progressive city, but the recent history of race in Seattle suggests we've got a long ways to go.
Mar 2, 2015

School bus cuts continue, despite southend shooting incident

An attempted kidnapping of students who’d been booted off their bus didn’t stop the Seattle School District from approving a new round of route cuts.
Jan 8, 2015
Karol Cariola, one of Chile's former student leaders and newly-elected members of Congress, meets with a constituent after the elections. (Photo by Eilís O'Neill)

Getting schooled by South American student activists

Students in Chile and Argentina are proving that meaningful education reform means taking over schools and getting young people into office.
Jan 6, 2014