An open letter regarding contract negotiations

To: Superintendent Denise Juneau, Seattle Education Association (SEA) President Phyllis Campano, Seattle Public Schools (SPS) Board of Directors, SEA and SPS Collective Bargain Negotiation Teams

SCPTSA Board of Directors has spent the past year working with SPS staff and board on addressing racism in our District’s classrooms, schools and systems. We recently issued a set of demands to Seattle Public Schools consistent with ongoing concerns about the ability of our District to instruct our children in environments and methods free from bias and racism.

We recognize that we are at a critical juncture with a new collective bargaining agreement between SEA and SPS in process and the District’s strategic focus on those “furthest from educational justice”. As the agreement drives a significant degree of accountability among those professionals responsible for instruction, and the district’s funding of systems that support said accountability, SCPTSA Board of Directors supports the following demands:

1) Mandatory annual anti-bias training for SEA staff and PASS administrators.

2) Strong and clear limitations on engagement with law enforcement as a source of disciplinary action, supported by specific escalation guidelines and training.

3) Required inclusion of demographically representative family members on Building Leadership Teams in every building.

4) Minimum of two (non-staff) demographically representative family members on all administrative hiring decisions and an end to appointments; consistent hiring procedures with reasonable timeline for community engagement.

5) Mandatory training on Since Time Immemorial and Ethnic Studies curriculum.

Respectfully,

Seattle Council of PTSA Board of Directors

August 21, 2019