The Seattle teachers union voted to keep Jonathan Knapp in the top job over challenger Jesse Hagopian, a Garfield High School history teacher who last year led a testing boycott that attracted national attention.
Knapp won a second two-year term to lead the Seattle Education Association’s 5,000 teachers, counselors, therapists, instructional assistants, office staff and substitutes.
Electronic voting concluded at midnight Wednesday and the votes were counted late Thursday afternoon.
Knapp, an auto-shop teacher, ran a relatively low-key campaign. He focused on talking with teachers one-on-one about his first-term record, including the union’s success this spring in getting the district to reverse some $4 million in proposed funding cuts that would have resulted in layoffs.
Hagopian’s campaign drew unprecedented community attention that included endorsements from outside the union, including Seattle City Council members Nick Licata and Kshama Sawant and Seattle school board member Sue Peters.