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Petition to Seattle City Council, Mayor Ed Murray, Flip Herndon, Sarah Pritchett, Jesus Aguirre, Michael Shiosaki, Steven Nielsen, Superintendent Nyland, Steve Walker

Add a School to Fort Lawton Re-development plans

The City of Seattle recently announced plans for the Fort Lawton re-development project in Magnolia.  The proposal includes the following four alternatives: Alternative 1: Mixed Income Affordable Housing and Public Park Uses  Alternative 2: Market Rate Housing Onsite & Affordable Housing Offsite  Alternative 3: Public Park Onsite: Affordable Housing Offsite  Alternative 4: No Action  These four alternatives do not recognize the current and exacerbating school capacity challenges that we are facing at the elementary, middle and high school levels.  This petition is asking for the City of Seattle/Seattle City Council to direct the Office of Housing to partner with the Seattle Public Schools to create a fifth alternative that assesses the impact of a school along and additional park space.  We promote the importance of including contiguous green space to sustain and promote wildlife in this critical habitat. The best aspect of this plan is that the property can be transferred to the district through the federal government at NO COST!  This alternative re-development plan must be added prior to the Environmental Impact Study or else it will not be considered.  If you support this proposal, please sign our petition and send an email to city council members and school board directors to emphasize the need to have forward-thinking capacity planning and to ensure that a school will be on the Environmental Impact Statement for this Fort Lawton property. We have delivered this petition to the city council and school district with a specific request to add a high school to the alternatives for the redevelopment of Fort Lawton.  We have several school board members and city council members who have had a very positive response to our proposal.  We hope to demonstrate the unification of our community to support the needs of our students in the Seattle Public Schools; many have been quietly advocating for a school at this location for years, the time of action is now.   To learn more  about the scope of the redevelopment plan and ideas, please follow these links: This petition has been delivered to the office of housing and all city council members to demonstrate our unified call to reconsider the current plans. If you would like to join our committee or receive information please email us at Sincerely,  The Fort Lawton School Coalition

Fort Lawton School Coalition
1,482 supporters
Started 2 years ago

Petition to Seattle School Board, Superintendent Larry Nyland

Reestablish & Revitalize Indian Heritage High School @ Eagle Staff (Sacred Licton Springs)

Please reestablish and revitalize American Indian Heritage High School. Native education in the Seattle Public Schools has a long history of missed opportunities, inequalities, and disservice to Native students. In spite of some attention and efforts by SPS, Native American students remain the most disadvantaged population within the district. Our students struggle to find inclusivity and cultural understanding in an educational climate that over identifies them as learning disabled, suspends them more frequently than any other group, and seemingly accepts their sad graduation statistics at approximately fifty percent, year after year. This year will be different. This is a repetition of our official proposal submitted to Seattle Public Schools and the School Board over the last eight years. As in past years, written proposals, signed petitions, public testimony, and student complaints have been insufficient to prompt substantial action by Seattle Public schools. This year will be different. Our proposal is directly related to a promise by Superintendent Jose Banda to revitalize Indian Heritage High School and develop a Learning Center for Native students and their families. This long-standing proposal is widely supported by local Native elders, leaders, community, city and county organizations, nonprofits, families, and youth. Our collective voices are unified in demanding the promised establishment of a comprehensive, Native-focused K-12 Indian Heritage School and Learning Center returned to its original Robert Eaglestaff site. This approach is supported by a wealth of federal and state educational research at the graduate level, recommendations from the White House Initiative on Native American/Alaska Native Education, OSPI Office of Native Education, National Indian Education Association, and Washington State Indian Education Association. The need for this alternate approach is well-indicated by Seattle Public School data of astounding dropout rates, low graduation rates, disproportionate disciplinary action and Special Education identification, and the lowest overall school performance rate of any demographic group in the district. This alternative education plan for Native American students is supported by our community partners: United Indians of All Tribes, Seattle Indian Health Board, the City of Seattle Native American Employees, National Urban Indian Family Coalition, Na’ah Illahee, Washington Indian Civil Rights Commission, University of Washington School of Education, and the Potlatch Fund/Gates Foundation. Most importantly, this proposal is deeply and repeatedly supported by our students and their families. Timeline for Implementation: Winter 2016 Native Program at Chief Sealth /Denny Middle SchoolFall 2016 2nd Native Program at Nathan Hale H.S. or Ingraham H.S.Fall 2018 Combine programs to permanent Central location at Robert Eagle Staff School. Fully operational Comprehensive Alternative Native-focus education, K-12 (Licton Springs and Robert Eagle Staff H.S.)This alternative approach to Native education has proven successful in many locations across the United States and within Seattle Public Schools itself. When Indian Heritage existed in its original location, it drew Native students for academic classes and cultural enrichment. Mentors tutored students after school and families joined their students for evening activities and learning. At Licton Springs Native K-8, families transport their children from long distances to participate in a culturally-relevant curriculum that stresses Native traditions and contemporary issues. As Pinehurst A1, enrollment dropped to level indicating closure. As Licton Springs, the school is growing in enrollment, especially among Native families. When an educational environment effectively meets an outstanding need, all those involved benefit.This is the year for the Seattle Public Schools to set aside inaction and directly address a long-standing disservice to Native students, their families, and the Seattle community at large. We propose you support our alternative approach to Native education in Seattle Public Schools. We strongly recommend you fulfill the promise of Superintendent Banda and reestablish Indian Heritage at the Robert Eaglestaff site, the site of the Duwamish Tribe's sacred Licton Springs. Sarah Sense-Wilson, UNEA ChairRobin Wilson, UNEA Co-ChairVicki Pinkham, SecretaryGwen Lee, TreasurerDuane Jack, Member At Large David Allen, Member At Large

Urban Native Education Alliance of Seattle
562 supporters