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Education Lab Blog

Education Lab is a project to spark meaningful conversations about education solutions in the Pacific Northwest.

October 23, 2014 at 3:19 PM

Garfield students, teachers protest staff cut

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Garfield students left school early Thursday to protest the district’s plans to remove one teaching position from the school. (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

Hundreds of students and teachers at Seattle’s Garfield High School walked out of class early on Thursday over news that one of their teachers will be cut because the district says the school’s enrollment is lower than anticipated.

District leaders say they are reviewing the school’s headcount because school staff believe Garfield has more students than anticipated, not less.

The school’s staff was informed last Friday that Garfield would be one of five Seattle schools to lose one teaching position during the district’s annual adjustments based on student enrollment. A sixth school will lose part of a position.

So far, Garfield parents and staff aren’t talking about doing what parents at Gatewood Elementary did earlier this month: Quickly raise enough money to keep the teacher.

Go here to see a video report from Thursday’s protests.

 

 

 

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