Second Strike Update: As of an hour ago, SEA says no movement on negotiations. I'm going to go to the press conference that is to be held at 3 pm.
(Strike update: nothing from SEA as of 10:15 am today, Sunday the 13th; SPS has a press conference today at 3 pm. Maybe they are hoping there will be something to say then.)
1) In some of the biggest news for public education in Washington State - namely, that the Governor is assembling a "work group" to get McCleary done AND doesn't want the overturned charter law part of the discussion (AND he still doesn't support charter schools) - and yet the Seattle Times has said nothing. Zero. Zip. (At least I can't find it.)
The Stranger reported it. The Puget Sound Business Journal reported
it. And that was two days ago. But the Times has time to write about
the Justices who sit on the Supreme Court. Hmm...
2) All the information I have put up here at the blog comes from my gleaning of information from various websites and from parents, both individual and via Soup for Teachers. Why doesn't SEA want to help me help them by just giving me updates/info? Hmm....
3) Why doesn't SEA have a specific hashtag for the strike so that Twitter could be more effective? Why aren't they throwing evidence-based facts out there and not just #picketpixs? Hmm....
4) Why didn't Sherry Carr have her scheduled community meeting yesterday? And all the Board committee meetings are cancelled but not the Work Session this week. Hmm...
5) So we are living in a time of social media and yet both SEA and SPS' social media presence is low and lame. SEA is putting out twitter but just photos - no real info on either the negotiations or facts about district spending. No retweets about Meg Diaz' info on district spending nor calling out the op-ed by Carr/Peaslee saying there is "no money."
That kind of anemic social media from both sides makes me kind of suspicious. The negotiations are the thing but their public face is also important. Hmm....
6) The tepid response from Seattle Council PTSA about the strike. It's just very limp. (Partial from letter)
Seattle Council PTSA supports our teachers and advocates for full funding of education, but we don’t advocate for education stoppages. We do urge every PTA member to advocate for all students, our teachers and the District by demanding the legislature comply with the WA State Supreme Courts ruling to adequately fund education per the McCleary decision.
It is the PTAs mission “To make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children”. Consistent with this belief, we encourage all parents and community members to continue to speak in support or express concerns regarding the strike regardless of affiliation with PTA. It is amazing to hear of the many ways parents and communities have taken action and organized activities for students and forums for parents to speak up and connect with one another.
The largest parent org in Seattle commending other parents for their actions in support of students and forums for parents but that org not doing anything itself. Even if the PTSA wants to remain neutral that doesn't mean silence.
They do reference the National PTA document on strikes:
Urge immediate and continuous negotiations and if necessary mediation to
get schools open as soon as possible. If negotiation is delayed, the
PTA should seek to bring the school board representatives and teachers'
organization representatives together.
But I note they have very little presence on Facebook and none on Twitter. Hmm...