At the Slog, they covered the mayor's award that The Center School received from the City's Human Services Coalition for student support of the race and social class at Center. What is interesting to me is that Mayor McGinn stood very clearly on the side of the students and didn't mince words (bold theirs).
Because it’s the mayor's award, it was given by Mayor McGinn himself
and accompanied by a signed mayoral proclamation, which said that
"Seattle is battling inequality in our schools" and "we need to have
more discussion in our schools about race, not less." It concluded: "I
applaud the Center School Community for their dedication and
perseverance, and I agree with them that the Social Justice Curriculum should continue at The Center School."
One more big statement:
A student said to the room: "We ask everyone in support of keeping this curriculum at Center School to come stand with us." And the banquet tables emptied, as virtually the entire room swarmed up to the front to stand with the students.
We may never know the whole story on this issue and there is no one to blame for that but the district. So we are all free to consider any scenario or motive that we want. It is not enough to use vague wording to justify this situation and its outcome.
It doesn't help students, parents or teachers if we aren't all clearly schooled on what the district expects in the classroom (especially if we are talking about teacher responsibilities).
A black mark on the district. Again.