As Charlie previously reported (via The Stranger Slog), an issue has arisen in a class at The Center School where a student and his/her parents feel some of the material created"intolerable discomfort" for their student.
I still don't have all the whys and whats about this issue but I am seeking clarification.
I will put forth that I was wrong about further appeals. Upon examining the Superintendent procedures, I see that only parents can continue an appeal up to the Board. Teachers are limited to a final ruling by the head of Teaching and Learning.
Now the procedure says that:
The principal will work with the complainant and the teacher to determine if the issue can be resolved at the school level, and shall provide a decision to the complainant within 10 school days.
I do not know if this occurred but I believe so. Therefore, the parents then took it to the district level.
The Director of Curriculum and Instructional Supports will appoint an ad hoc committee to review the objection to the materials. The committee shall be composed of the school principal, the regional Executive Director of Schools, the manager of the content area in question, and two other persons ("general members") selected by the Director of Curriculum and Instructional Supports. At least one of the general members should be a non-staff member of the school community where the material was used.
The committee shall submit a written report outlining the committee's review process and its recommendation about the complaint to the Director of Curriculum and Instructional Supports within ten (10) school days after the complaint has been received.
The Director of Curriculum and Instructional Support shall review the report and send his/her decision in writing to the complainant within ten (10) school days after the ad hoc committee's written report was received.
Neither the ad hoc committee nor the Director of Curriculum and Instructional Supports is required to take testimony from witnesses about the material at issue; a paper review is deemed sufficient.
If the instructional material being appealed is a supplementary material, the decision of the Director of Curriculum and Instructional Supports is final; there are no further appeals.
This was a supplementary material and not a School Board-approved curriculum (as I understand it).
But I see nothing in the procedure about how a teacher can appeal so I think the SEA would have to tell us what is in a teacher's contract to protect approved supplementary materials.
It is my understanding that this teacher has been teaching this class for years. Several former students wrote comments of support for the class at The Stranger Slog.
Here's a petition started by a senior at the school that already has 430 signatures.