Parents and Community,
The Seattle Public Schools
(SPS) and Seattle Education Association (SEA) began negotiations May 20
to achieve a new collective bargaining contract. SEA represents
educators, substitutes, paraprofessionals, instructional assistants and
office professionals. The current contract with SEA expires August 31.
The educators and staff in our schools are crucial to student success.
Due to the importance of our teachers and instructional staff and
significance of this agreement to our students, I want to keep you
updated on our progress. A previous update was sent to parents and
community on August 10.
standards (college and career readiness) as well as state mandates will
require us to provide students with more instructional time at the
primary and secondary level. In order to provide elementary students
with social and emotional learning, academic assurances, as well as
lunch and recess and graduate high school students with 24 credits and
college and career readiness, we’ll need to provide more instructional
time. The district is proposing to add thirty (30) minutes of
instructional time to the school day for students, to support higher
standards and state mandates.
(Editor's note; the Superintendent does not make clear - as most supporters of Common Core do not - that the "college ready" means community college and not 4-year colleges.)
Special Education (SPED)
is significant work to do to support our special education students.
SPS Special Education department, under the direction of Wyeth Jesse,
has worked very hard to meet compliance challenges, and continues
efforts on meeting legal assurances. To that end, SPS has offered a
proposal that would maintain ratios of Special Education Instructional
Assistants (IAs), and also work to ensure paraprofessionals are
appropriately assigned work in buildings, to support the legal
assurances our special education students need.
(Editor's note: the Superintendent says nothing about how the district/City will support Sped preschoolers who enroll in the City's preschools and the costs to the district.)
Equity and the Achievement Gap
the district and SEA care deeply about these issues. I am confident we
will find common ground to address equity issues to close the
(Editor's note: this is the best the district can say on this huge issue? Meanwhile there is this district info which I have sought more clarity on. It's an odd thing given how passionately both Directors Martin-Morris and Blanford have spoken on this issue and yet the Superintendent doesn't even mention this to "parents and community.")
Compensation is an issue
both the district and SEA are working on to find mutual ground. SEA has
proposed a salary increase of 21% over a three year contract period.
SPS has countered with a salary increase of 7% over the same three year
(Editor's note: Really? Because McCleary gives teachers a raise (I believe it is 3% over two years which is too little. But 21%? That's a lot of posturing.)
SEA meets on Monday, August 24 for members
to vote on a tentative agreement, or a union action plan. I’ll continue
to update you on our progress together and post updates on the district