Nova High students plan walkout against annual Seattle Schools teacher reshuffling

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District 3 rep Kshama Sawant has joined students at Nova to call for a midday walkout Tuesday in protest of the loss of teachers at the E Cherry alternative high school.

The eliminated positions are part of the annual reshuffling at Seattle Public Schools after the start of the school year based on student attendance at individual schools and across the SPS system. In a statement, SPS said no jobs were being eliminated as teachers are transferred around the district from under-enrolled schools to schools with more students than planned. Enrollment across the city is about 700 students short of the district’s projections.

Students calling for the Tuesday walkout and march to Seattle City Hall say 33 teachers face transfers this year.

New SPS superintendent Denise Juneau, meanwhile, will hold her Central Seattle stop on a “listening and learning” tour next month. “Ultimately, community discussions will become the foundation of a revised strategic plan that maps the district’s course for the coming years,” the announcement reads. “A summary of the Listening and Learning Tour findings will be published in November 2018.”

Tuesday, October 2, 5:30 – 8 p.m.

  • Town Hall for Students: 5:30 – 6:10 p.m.
  • Central Town Hall: 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Co-hosted with Seattle’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs
Location: Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center
104 17th Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98144

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