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Teacher protest changes school schedule

End of year finals and release date extended

Grace Harmon, Staff Reporter
Originally published May 18, 2015

Cassin Stacy Teacher discuss walkout plans on April 30.

Cassin Stacy

Teacher discuss walkout plans on April 30.

In response to Washington State Legislature’s failure to properly fund schools, and the decline of teacher’s salaries as their living allowances remain the same, a district-wide Seattle Education Association (SEA) teacher walkout was announced for Tuesday, May 19.

Due to this large disruption to school’s schedule and staffing for the day, all classes and school events have been cancelled for Tuesday, excluding evening student performances and athletic competition. Students are advised to speak with their teachers regarding questions on specific events.

“It’s really essential to do this because of the inadequate action of the Legislature over this session,” President of the SEA Jonathan Knapp said, according to Komo News. “In order to meet the requirements that the state Supreme Court outlined for them by 2018, they have a long way to go. They need to do more this year.”

Students should note that the cancellation of the school day has come with an added complication: a longer school year, and a changed finals schedule. Seniors will now have their last day on Tuesday, June 9, and the rest of students will be dismissed on Tuesday, June 16, with a one hour early dismissal.

Finals for seniors will be periods 1, 3, and 5 on June 8 and periods 2, 4, and 6 on June 9.

The day’s cancellation also affects testing, as AP LA 11 and AP US History classes were slated to be taking the SBA on the 19th. Rescheduling has yet to be announced. In addition, the class of 2015 graduation ceremony will now be on Friday, June 12, 2015, 8 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.

Other schools have had to make more complicated arrangements. Ingraham and the Center School noted that the loss of a school day to the teacher walkout put their seniors just under the requirement of hours in a school year. As a result, their seniors will have to come in and have an extra school day on either May 30 or June 6, to be announced.

The teacher’s action was generally praised by students, though the changes to schedules were a point of concern. “Our teachers deserve more,” sophomore Shawna Marbourg said. “I’m glad they’re taking a stand. It does suck that they have to move test dates though.”

“I completely support teachers and their fight to get the funding they need,” senior Piper Phillips said. “Whatever they need to do to get what they deserve is okay with me.”

The complete, updated schedule for the end-of-year finals and last day of school can be found here.

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