Dear Garfield families,
The Seattle School District has announced its intention to withdraw one full-time teacher from Garfield, effective Monday, October 25, 2014-leaving 150 students without a class for the rest of the semester, unless Garfield produces $92,000 by Friday, October 24. This cut will occur despite the fact that SPS holds $8.5 million in reserves that could be used to cover this expense.
Garfield High School is already the lowest funded High School in Seattle. At $5,951 per student, we are a full 15% below the average of $7,004 per student per the 2014/2015 district funding report (page 44).
There will be no replacement-the cancelled classes will simply cease to exist and the affected students will finish the semester with a hole in their schedules. The cut will occur in core education (math, science, language arts, history, world languages or arts) and there are no provisions for making up required credits. It hasn't been determined yet where the cut will be made. It could affect any student in the school, in any grade, and on any academic path. The teacher will be reassigned to another school, but the 150 Garfield students will be left without a class for the rest of the semester and the rest of the student body and teaching staff will be greatly impacted.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
1. Send emails to the District leadership and School Board right away. Let them know the sudden cancellation of classes for 150 students is unacceptable--and you don't want our kids wandering the school halls for an hour a day while unable to finish a class they have now been in for 9 weeks. Urge them to find a solution that doesn't sacrifice our students and their education. Demand they fix this broken process that threatens buildings annually. Our kids deserve a better method for reconciling enrollment projections.
Seattle School District
Larry Nyland, Superintendent superintendent@seattleschools.
Or Fax: (206) 252-0209
Lesley Rogers, Public Affairs firstname.lastname@example.org
Linda Sebring, Budget Director email@example.com
Ron English, General Counsel firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Pritchett, Executive Director of Schools - Central Region msjpritchett@seattleschools.
School Board District Directors
Sharon Peaslee sharon.peaslee@seattleschools.
Sherry Carr email@example.com
Harium Martin-Morris harium.martin-morris@
Sue Peters firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephan Blanford stephan.blanford@
Marty McLaren marty.mclaren@seattleschools.
Betty Patu email@example.com
2. Show your support by being part of an all-school "walk-out" protest at Garfield on Thursday, October 23, 1:50 PM, just before the end of the school day. Join students, staff and other GHS families-make your voice heard!
Thank you for your support. Please contact us with any questions or concerns.
On behalf of your PTSA and PTSA Board,
Kirk Wohlers, Co-President firstname.lastname@example.org
Marie Doyle, Co-President email@example.com
Stacy Andersen, Advocacy Chair firstname.lastname@example.org