Seattle’s Educators and Teachers Endorse Cary Moon For Mayor
October 12, 2017: Today Cary Moon is announcing the sole endorsement of the Seattle Education Association, which represents Seattle’s 6,000 elementary, middle school and high school educators. Parents, students, educators, and supporters joined Cary Moon at Ballard High School this afternoon to officially announce this major endorsement.
“We believe that Cary will be steadfast in supporting the Family and Education Levy’s intent to serve programs that directly benefit our K-12 students and work to close the opportunity gap in Seattle,” says Michael S. Tamayo, SEA Vice President. “In addition to this, her commitment to bringing all stakeholders to the table, including SEA when discussing how the city can support schools is paramount.”
Unlike her opponent, Moon won’t raid the Family and Education Levy, which is intended to address the K-12 opportunity gap.
“We must invest in education from cradle to college, including providing equitable access to affordable and high quality child care, pre-K, and K-12 public education for all Seattle families,” says Cary Moon. “As Mayor, I will work with teachers, parents, school boards and others to address inequity in Seattle education at its root causes, including addressing the conditions of unaffordable housing and racialized wealth inequality that so many families struggle with every day.”
Seattle’s K-12 teachers join Seattle’s pre-school, child care providers and higher education workers whose union, SEIU 925, endorsed Moon in late August.
Ballard High School, like many schools in Seattle, is doing the best it can to keep up with the area’s rapid population growth and ageing school infrastructure.
“Ballard High School is one of the area’s top public schools, partially because many of its students have access to opportunities that everyone should have. We must work to increase equity in education and opportunities for all students in Seattle, regardless of zipcode,” said Cary Moon.
A few weeks ago Cary Moon released her four part plan to increase equity in education, including:
- Make the allocation of Families & Education Levy funds more equitable and focused on communities facing the hardest challenges;
- Expand access to early learning;
- Prioritize closing the opportunity gap that exists for students of color; and
- Ensure Seattle has a strong presence in Olympia and a collaborative relationship with the school district.