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February 16th
The weather couldn’t have been more perfect and the line-up of speakers was great. Former Representative Monica Stonier was the first speaker. Dr. Wayne Au, University of Washington—Bothell, Deartment of Education was the final speaker. Parents, educators, and other community members made up the balance for the rest of the day. Washington BadAssTeachers chorus led the audience in singing tunes in between each speaker. Several hundred community members and educators attended the rally. Teachers from Oregon and Eastern Washington showed up to lend their support. Students from Tyee High School spoke to the audience and then went to speak with their legislators. Another student group did a dance for the audience. What better way to demonstrate the need for the arts in education? There were many creative signs. One portion of the rally was designated to a “Die In.” Over 7,000 high school students do not graduate each year because they are unable to pass the required exams, but otherwise have good grades and have completed the course work for all credits needed.
I will see if I can find one of the pictures of the Die In. Audience members were given a number to wear when they arrive. Numbers ranged from 1-4. People wearing’3s or ‘4s represented the 25%-30% of high school students who are expected to pass the tests each year. The audience members who were wearing a ‘1 or ‘2 were asked to participate in the “Die In.” They all lay down on the sidewalk between the stage and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Empty graduation gowns were placed on the OSPI step. A scroll with 7,000 names was unrolled down the center of the stairs. It was great visual for the audience members.
This is a link to a KING5 video that made the news about the rally.
--Keitha Bryson

Bill Tracy reminds the group that Officer Nominees for 2015-2016 and NWII nominees for new board members are needed.

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Meeting Time and Place

Generally 11:45 AM
Lunch with program to follow.
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
8th Ave. S. and S. 192nd Street
19030 8th Ave S
SeaTac, WA 98148