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Was the Seattle Times trying to control the narrative or are they that bad at reporting?

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At 7:45 AM this morning, the Seattle Times reported the following:

Teachers still reported to picketing locations Tuesday morning, while about 500 union members, parents and students marched from Pioneer Square to district headquarters to show their support for teachers and celebrate the agreement.

At 7:45 this morning there was no agreement and the march planned, as I reported yesterday, was a time for parents and students to show support for their teachers. When the march was called, there was no word of either side coming close to an agreement. This was to be a show of solidarity with the teachers and their union with a march ending at the Stanford Center where students planned to present letters to the Superintendent and School Board members.

This is what the organizers stated per my post:

We are wearing red to support our teachers. Bring signs with your school’s name and colors to show the district how many families and teachers are affected by their inaction.

In this video, people in the march were shouting  “Fair contract now!”, not like they have a fair contract now but demanding that the district agree to the requests made by the SEA bargaining team.

Whether the Times, which has been bought by big money, was trying to control the narrative or they are really that bad at reporting, neither is good. So, when the Times calls about you renewing your subscription, remember how one-sided and/or inept their reporting was of an event that happened in the same city they are headquartered.

To follow are photos of the event which do not show a celebration of an agreement but a demand that the district treat their teachers fairly.

Please note in the link to the photo’s uploaded to flicker that it appeared to be at least 1,000 marchers not 500 as the Seattle Times wanted to portray. Two people who were there it was more like a thousand people marching.

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The march began in Pioneer Square and made its way to the Seattle Public School district offices at the Stanford Center.

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At one point when people tried to enter the Stanford Center, the doors were locked.

At one point when people tried to enter the Stanford Center so that students could deliver letters to Superintendent Nyland and School Board members, the doors were locked. It too 20-30 minutes for the district to allow some of the students in.

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Written on the wall at the Stanford Center.

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By the way, if you look at the photo’s at this flicker site, it looks like there were far more than 500 people in the march. Two people who were there estimated 1.000. Either way it was a historic show of support for the teachers and their union.

Submitted by Dora Taylor

Post Script:

This evening the SEA negotiating team did come to an agreement but we will not know the terms of the agreement until it is shared with all union members for their approval so stay tuned.

One comment on “Was the Seattle Times trying to control the narrative or are they that bad at reporting?

  1. Sarah
    September 15, 2015

    Thank you for this piece.

    District administrators failed to understand that parents have eyes and teachers lack support.

    Parents stood with teachers and Seattle Times failed to report this aspect of the story. The Times did a piece of drivel, which I expect to be trotted out at a later date.

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