Victory on School Bullying
On Jan. 11th, the Spokane Public Schools (SPS) school board voted unanimously to provide a public statement to the community in response to recent bullying that included:
- Reaffirmation of SPS commitment to respect for all students
- Commitment to swift enforcement of harassment, intimidation and bullying (HIB) policies
- Contact information for those needing to report incidents or concerns
- Context to the divisive year in politics
This followed almost 9 weeks of work by Spokane Alliance members (Firefighters, Fuse, IBEW, Spokane Education Association, and the UU Church) as well as members of the Every Student Counts Alliance (Team Child, NAACP, Disability Rights Washington), Odyssey Youth Movement, Spokane Human Rights Commission and other community members.
This focused campaign around school safety delivered:
- A unanimous vote by the school board to create and disseminate this message
- Inclusion of all four points Spokane Alliance wanted to see in the document (click here to read the full version)
- A condensed version of the message
- Commitment by the board to shorten the document even further, making it easier to translate for the non-english community
- Agreement to disseminate the message widely including making a press release
- New relationships with school board members and strengthened relationships with others
- New relationships with community organizations
- New Spokane Alliance leaders interested in educational equity were able to cut their teeth into something clear, concrete and specific, learning through action
- Good press coverage
- Great turnout at all actions
In our evaluation right after the vote, a leader remarked, "It makes me want to cry to see so many people standing up together for children - as I've stood alone with parents so often with no resolution".
We can celebrate, but we still have work to do.
If education issues are important to you please let Carol, our Lead Organizer know. We are continuing to develop this focus for the Spokane Alliance.
See more photos of the event on Facebook!