Seattle Success

October 19, 2010 at 12:55 am Leave a comment

On September 2nd, Seattle Public Schools and the Seattle Education Association ratified a  three year teacher contract that puts kids first.  Seattle Stand members played a key role in ensuring community voices were heard throughout the process and participated in a coalition of local education advocacy organizations creating a movement that was impactful in moving the negotiations forward after a standstill for several months.

The ratified contract includes key elements to better support teachers and promote student learning, including:

  • A new system that utilizes measures of student growth to trigger more effective and informative evaluations for teachers.
  • Career ladder options for highly effective teachers so they can pass their knowledge and expertise to their colleagues.
  • Incentives for our most highly effective teachers to work in our highest need schools.
  • An end to forced placement in high needs schools.

Stand for Children members were engaged in many ways:

  • Seattle Strategy Team members came up with clear and direct priorities
  • Members met with the Superintendent, Board Members, and members of the bargaining team in the Spring to share those priorities
  • Throughout the process, Seattle team coordinators and members consistently attended and testified at school board meetings and met individually with members of the bargaining team
  • Members including teachers and parents were active participants at meetings held by Our Schools Coalition bringing community voices to the forefront of the conversations around engagement

This is a historic victory in Seattle that will hopefully lead other districts in Washington state to challenge the status quo and continue to move us forward towards reducing the achievement gap.


Entry filed under: News Updates.

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