When Seattle Public Schools transitioned to remote learning in the spring due to COVID-19, we knew there would be challenges. Chief among those challenges is this: Many households across the district — disproportionately Black, immigrant and households of color — lack reliable internet access or a device for students to learn from home.
When Daria Smith moved to South Seattle, she wasn’t planning to get the internet any time soon. It’s expensive, and she had other, more pressing bills to pay. But her priorities shifted after the Auburn School District sent her son and daughter, ages 14 and 13, home in the middle of March because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Seattle Public Schools (SPS) students and families who need technical assistance with computers or other devices used in the continuity of learning outside of school during the Covid-19 crisis can now access a team of dedicated volunteers who will provide customized support over the phone.
In anticipation of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on DACA, Seattle’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs recommends that DACA recipients renew their status
Tech workers in progressive cities such as Seattle and San Francisco have a bad rap when it comes to civic engagement.
As a Seattle Google engineer with political ambitions once said, “The little f*****s don’t vote, to put it bluntly. They are not civically engaged. They take civic responsibility lightly, and because of that they are used as scapegoats.”
On Thursday, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan met with representatives from some of the most powerful tech companies in the region at City Hall before racing south to catch the launch event of sea.citi, a group trying to get everyday tech workers more engaged with civic life.