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    Working Together We can Realize Dr. King's Dream
    Posted on 01/20/2017
    John Hay students with Superintendent Nyland

    Dear Seattle Public Schools families and community:

    On Monday, January 16, many of us honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by participating in marches, service days at schools, and advocacy in Olympia for the full funding of education. Read more about our Day of Action across the district and in Olympia. I want to take this moment to reaffirm the district’s commitment to realizing the dream Dr. King shared with the nation so many decades ago.

    He challenged us all to make good on our nation’s promise—a promise of unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness—a promise to everyone. A promise that no matter your race, your ethnicity, your gender, sexual orientation, political or religious affiliation, everyone will have access to the same opportunities. That people will be treated fairly and justly without prejudice and that our differences, our unique perspectives, will be honored as gifts and assets in our communities.

    Seattle Public Schools is a vibrant and diverse community. Our students speak 143 languages/dialects and come from 147 countries. We are committed to doing whatever it takes to make sure that each and every student in Seattle Public Schools thrives and that all of our students have the opportunity to pursue life, liberty, and happiness. An excellent education is foundational to that pursuit.

    Our commitment to the well-being of each and every student is stronger than ever. The district is working closely with the City of Seattle, Seattle Education Association, families, and community partners to provide resources and supports to ensure all of our families and children know their rights and feel safe and welcomed in their school communities.

    We also support our students’ first amendment rights. Peaceful protest and civic engagement are core American values. Today, some of our students chose to exercise those rights. Many of their concerns reflect the same issues Dr. King addressed in his historic “I have a Dream” speech. We still have deep rooted institutional and structural racism, social segregation, inequities in our communities, in our penal system, and in our schools.

    By working together, we can realize Dr. King’s dream. Thank you to our staff, our community and families for all of the work you are doing that reflects the more just world Dr. King spoke of so long ago. It is an honor and privilege to serve as your superintendent.

    Dr. Nyland
    Superintendent
    Seattle Public Schools