Posted on Thursday, October 23, 2014 – 7:01 am by jseattle
An annual Seattle Public Schools budgeting process that inexplicably plays out mid-school year is meeting a more heated reception than normal this fall as the district exercises what interim superintendent Larry Nyland calls increased “resource stewardship.”
Thursday afternoon, students, faculty and staff are planning a walkout to protest the planned cut of a teacher at Garfield High School, the only public high school serving Seattle’s central neighborhoods:
The timing of the walkout, 1:50 pm, symbolizes the impact of cutting one core teacher at this late date. Core classes fill to a capacity of 30 students total 150 students per full time teacher. This means that 150 students will have holes in their schedules during the day–roughly 10% of the student body.
The protest is calling for the district to reverse its decision to cut the Garfield teacher.
For SPS, the annual adjustments — even as they come after the school year has already started — are typical business:
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