Four Seattle City Council members, Nick Licata, John Okamoto, Mike O'Brien and Kashama Sawant, signed a letter to Superintendent Nyland to keep Middle College at High Point open.
Given the impact
Middle College has had on students’ lives, we think the cost of 2.2 FTE
positions and $28,000 a year in rent is a worthwhile investment in the
future of our children.
We are also concerned about the race
and social justice impact of this school closure. The 2008 closure of
five Seattle schools, all of which served a majority students of color,
led to capacity problems and serious impacted many families. Around the
country, public schools that predominately educate students of color
have been closed down in recent years. Seattle should stand up against
this national trend, not exacerbate it.
We support the teachers,
students, alumni and community in requesting that you reverse the
decision to close Middle College at High Point, and urge you to retain
the current Middle College model for what it has always been and
reinstate the teachers to their positions.
I hope the Superintendent will listen and reconsider this closure.