COVID-19 in Washington: Links and resources to help you during coronavirus pandemic
Check the latest news about COVID-19

Hundreds of Seattle teachers wear ‘Black Lives Matter’ shirts to school

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

SEATTLE — Teachers, students and parents across Seattle public schools are wearing “Black Lives Matter” t-shirts Wednesday to promote racial equity in schools.

Organizers say many educators in Washington’s largest school district are voluntarily using the day to lead discussions about institutional racism, teach about black history and hold rallies.

High school teacher and organizer Jesse Hagopian told KUOW that the day of action offers opportunities to address racial inequities in schools. He notes, for example, that graduation rates are disproportionately lower and suspension rates much higher for black students compared to white students.

Data pix.

Some have questioned whether the action in public schools is appropriate.

The 5000-member union representing Seattle educators is backing it.

Meanwhile, the district is in the midst of a week campaign to eliminate opportunity gaps in schools, including disparities in achievement between white students and students of color.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.