Short SummaryOn January 9, 2013, teachers at Garfield High School in Seattle unanimously announced their intention to boycott the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test. They also published a letter describing their reasons for engaging in the boycott. Since the initial announcement of a boycott by Garfield High School teachers, a number of other schools in Seattle have joined the boycott, including Ballard High School, The Center School, Chief Sealth International High School, and Orca K-8 School. Educators, professors, parents, and community members across the country have written in support of the boycott. Thousands of people have signed an online petition to the Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools.
What We NeedThe Seattle School District originally threatened MAP test boycotting teachers with a 10 day suspension with out pay. Since then they have backed off that threat verbally although nothing has been rescinded in writing. What was made clear was that there would be "consequences" for our boycott. We hope we won't have to raise money for suspended teachers, but we are waiting to find out what the consequences will be. For right now, our effort will be focused on raising funds to publicize the boycott and organize broader solidarity.
Other Ways You Can Help
1. Call, email, and write to Seattle Public Schools Superintendent José L. Banda to let him know that you support the boycott and to demand that the participating teachers receive no disciplinary action.
Superintendent José L. Banda
Office of the Superintendent
P.O. Box 34165
Seattle, WA 98124-1165
2. Sign the online petitions:
- Change.org: Seattle Public Schools: Support Seattle teachers refusing to administer the MAP!
- SignOn.org: Petition to cancel the MAP® test in Seattle Public Schools
- SignOn.org: Support the Seattle Teachers’ Standardized Test Boycott
3. If you are part of a union or other organization, propose a solidarity resolution. You can see examples of resolutions and letters of support here. Email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can add it to our website.