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May 8, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Seattle teachers union re-elects Knapp to second term

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…

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January 13, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Seattle teachers’ union expected to voice opposition at charter school public meeting

Potential operators of Washington’s first charter schools can expect some tough questions from members of the Seattle teacher’s union at a public forum Monday evening at South Seattle Community College. Seattle Education Association president Jonathan Knapp said in a news release Monday that dozens of Seattle teachers and educators are expected to participate. Knapp also reiterated the union’s…

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September 3, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Details of tentative contract for Seattle teachers leak out

Seattle teachers will vote tonight on whether to accept a proposed contract for the next two years, an agreement that appears to reach some middle ground on pay raises, would increase the length of elementary teachers’ workday, and would keep test scores a part of how teachers’ job performance is evaluated. The agreement was reached very…

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August 31, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Mediator to join teacher contract talks in Seattle

A mediator will join teacher contract talks in Seattle today, which both sides hope will help them resolve their remaining disagreements and avoid the possibility of a teachers strike. The negotiation teams from Seattle Public Schools and the city’s teachers union agreed Friday to bring in a mediator from the Public Employment Relations Commission, said union…

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August 30, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Negotiations continue in Seattle teacher contract talks

The negotiation teams for Seattle Public Schools and the city’s teachers union met until midnight Thursday and continued talking all day Friday, but it’s not clear whether they’re closer to reaching an agreement that would pave the way for school to start as planned next Wednesday. Union members met Friday for strike training, saying they want to…

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August 27, 2013 at 6:38 PM

Seattle district warns parents to prepare for possible teacher strike

Seattle Public Schools has notified families to prepare for a possible strike by Seattle teachers. School district officials emailed and called parents Tuesday, saying that the district and teachers still have not reached an agreement on a new teachers contract.  In a vote Monday, teachers rejected the district’s latest contract offer. District officials said nothing new had…

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August 13, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Seattle teachers union protests proposal to raise class sizes

About three months into negotiations over a new contract for Seattle’s teachers, the union is breaking the usual silence around those talks to protest a district proposal to increase class size. The Seattle Education Association has scheduled a rally Wednesday afternoon to denounce the district’s desire to raise the number of students  that can be in…

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January 14, 2013 at 4:49 PM

ORCA K-8 teachers join boycott of district-required exams

Eleven teachers and instructional assistants at ORCA K-8 have decided that they, too, will boycott district-required tests known as the MAP, according to ORCA teacher Matt Carter. The Orca staffers join the staff at Garfield High, where all teachers who were scheduled to administer the Measures of Academic Progress exams are refusing, with the backing of nearly all their colleagues,…

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January 11, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Union supports Garfield teachers’ refusal to give district test

The Seattle teachers union said Friday that it shares concerns the faculty at Garfield High has raised about district-required tests known as the Measures of Academic Progress, or MAP. Garfield teachers announced Thursday that no teachers at the school would be giving the MAP tests this winter, even though the district requires them to do so.  Nearly all…

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October 3, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Plan for innovative schools in Seattle approved, again

The Seattle School Board approved an amendment Wednesday that board members believe will address legal problems with the district’s plan to allow a number of schools to pursue new, innovative approaches to learning.   The vote was 5-2. In July, a King County Superior Court Judge ruled that the school board must approve any waivers of district policy.  In the original agreement on…

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