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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

June 16, 2013 at 7:31 AM

Teachers protest transfer of colleague

Reinstate Jon Greenberg

Supporters of Center School teacher Jon Greenberg rally at a School Board meeting at district headquarters. At left is Vanessa Meraki, who taught at Center School. (Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

Supporters of Center School teacher Jon Greenberg rally at a School Board meeting at district headquarters. At left is Vanessa Meraki, who taught at Center School. (Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

Seattle Public Schools’ Superintendent José Banda made a decision earlier this month to shut down a popular and thought-provoking race and social-justice course at the Center School and discipline the award-winning teacher based on the complaints of one white family [“Seattle school district releases investigation of Center School teacher,” seattletimes.com, June 12]. This sends a frightening message to all educators and students in the Seattle Public Schools.Jon Greenberg had the courage to teach a controversial subject and risked his job because there was a single complaint. He had a ten-year history of praise, awards and acclaim.

Banda and his board can save face by admitting their mistake and reinstating this teacher and his full curriculum immediately. Any other action from the district will be unacceptable and will meet with long and fierce opposition. We need leadership that has the best interest of our students at heart, and that will stand by our top teachers, not undermine them.

Karen Davis, Ballard

Comments | Topics: class, controversial, course

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