EQUITY - ENGAGEMENT - EXCELLENCE

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Julie van Arcken

A committed, experienced advocate for South Seattle students

As a mother, longtime Southeast neighbor and education advocate, I am proud to apply for the District 7 School Board seat. I bring a valuable perspective as a multiracial daughter of immigrants, Mercer International Middle School parent, former Southeast director of Seattle Council PTSA, and as a woman in tech, in a district heavily investing in STEM. For six years, I've spent hundreds of hours collaborating with district officials and neighbors to increase equity for BIPOC, English language learners, and Special Education students, too often underserved in our district. As Board director, I will continue to work for EQUITY, ENGAGEMENT, and EXCELLENCE for all our children.

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Julie's Platform

EQUITY

Julie approaches decision-making through an equity lens, and will: 


—Support increased funding for underresourced schools, reviewing budget allocation formulas to improve equity


—Work to eliminate racial disparities in Advanced Learning


—Prioritize equity in boundary changes


—Promote cultural responsiveness, including implicit bias training, ethnic  studies, and the recruitment and retention of teachers of color


—Support inclusivity, working to ensure that students receiving Special  Education and medically fragile services are included to the greatest extent possible in the general education classroom as well as in offsite field trips  

ENGAGEMENT

Julie understands that the district needs to prioritize engagement with all our neighbors, and will: 


—Hold and attend community meetings with neighbors throughout South Seattle to understand families' emerging concerns and partner on a collective  vision for our kids


—Consider the extent to which community feedback reflects the diversity of the community when using that feedback to inform decision-making


—Volunteer for task force selection committees to support the appointment of BIPOC


—Partner with South Seattle neighbors to recommend best practices for community engagement to the district

EXCELLENCE

Julie is committed to a vision of excellence for all our students, and will:


—Support baseline curriculum at assignment schools, such as world language for middle schools


—Work to ensure that expansion of tech-based curriculum includes equitable, long-term plans for hardware and software support 


—Monitor progress on building remodel plans to ensure schools maintain their priority on the capital funding list


—Champion positive school environments, including celebrations for all schools  regardless of test participation and attendance rates