Ingraham High School has a Native/Latino club. Since both the district and the City had passed resolutions recognizing Indigenous Peoples Day every 2nd Monday in October and, since November is Latino Heritage Month/Native American Heritage month, the club had asked the school for a school-wide assembly to "promote and celebrate" these recognitions.
But the school leadership said no. According to a press release, "Ingraham H.S. has no formal policy or procedure for student club initiated school-wide assembly requests." The students do have a grant to raise awareness of Native American students and wanted to use some of those funds for the assembly "to engage the Ingraham community by educating staff and students about local and National leaders, artists, activist and providing a rare look into Native/Latino perspectives, experiences and contributions."
The students are not happy with the no coming from the office.
These Ingraham students plan a noon protest on Monday, October 27th
by the flagpole near the main entrance to stand in protest in
The denial for Native/Latino student club assembly is an absolute abomination and contradicts the verbiage used in the Seattle Public Schools resolution. Historically, and presently, our Native and Latino students experience immense discrimination, marginalization and alienation within the current SPS institutions, and this is underscored by the SPS Data which reflects some of the poorest graduation rates, low performance scores, and disproportionality in disciplinary action. A school wide assembly initiated by student leadership could have been a catalyst for improving cultural awareness, sensitivity and supporting diversity within the Ingraham community.
The omission of Indigenous history, culture, contemporary issues and perspective in SPS curriculum, instruction, school environment, and class room climate is a source of ongoing concern. Native Learners continue to experience inequity and systemic disadvantages due to institutionalized racism, lack of SPS culturally responsive, culturally appropriate services and programs, and continued barriers to resources and a lack of Native role models within schools. Historical-socio-cultural-economic factors continue to prevent Native students from achieving academic success. Furthermore, students at Ingraham H.S. have a right to celebrate, honor and share their heritage, perspectives, accomplishments, culture, history and contributions to American society.
The Garfield walk-out today at 1:50 pm over the cutting of a teacher from their staff is still happening. From the Garfield ASG President, Harold Hyllseth, and VP, Jackie Do (partial):
Garfield High School students will walkout (along with teachers and staff) over the cut of a yet to be specified core subject teacher, in the 9th year, which will impact 150 student schedules. The walkout is scheduled for 1:50 pm - 30 minutes before the end of the school day - on Thursday, October 23. Along with the Garfield PTSA, we, the Associated Student Government of Garfield HS, have voted in support of this school-wide rally occurring in the very front of the school tomorrow.
I will interject here that it will likely NOT be a 9th year teacher; it will be a teacher with lower seniority. I was told if a teacher had multiple certificate endorsements, it might not be just about seniority. Anyone know for sure?
We were then appalled to discover the timeline that Seattle Public Schools put on us and 5 addition schools on, where they tell us to choose a full or part time teacher to remove from their position by this Friday, October 24. That is only 4 days for us as students to react and do something to prevent this from happening whereas our principal, teachers and staff at the other 5 schools affected, additionally received the news last Friday, giving them a week to either come up with $92,000 or decide which teacher they will have to relocate effective next Monday.
If the district wants to make “everyone accountable” they could consider holding themselves accountable for a mistake they made and are now forcing the repercussions and problems onto one of their high schools, its teachers and its students. In the end, we’re all here for the wonderful opportunity to learn, have new experiences and most of all graduate.
It should not be the responsibility of us as students and families of a school district whose number one priority is the well-being of its students, aka all of us, to raise this astronomical amount of money at any point in time as it pertains to this situation.
I am told Principal Howard feels frustrated as he has met the district's enrollment goal. I'm not sure anyone truly understands and I hope someone on the Board - maybe Director Blanford as he is director in the Garfield region - asks some hard questions.
Seattle PI story on yesterday's march by GHS Black Student Union members. In the pouring rain.