‘Bites and Ballots’ forum brings Seattle School Board and City Council candidates together

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A consortium of education nonprofits is proud to announce a public, community roundtable event designed to engage Seattle residents in crucial conversations with candidates about the future of public education. 

This event, organized by Alliance for Education, Black Education Strategy Roundtable, League of Education Voters, Seattle Council PTSA, Seattle Student Union, Southeast Seattle Education Coalition and South Seattle Emerald will provide an intimate platform for Seattle School Board and Seattle City Council candidates to address important issues from the community, share their visions, and answer questions.

The event will take place from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10 at Rainier Avenue Church, 5900 Rainier Ave S, Seattle.

The public forum aims to foster a sense of collaboration and transparency in the decision-making process, ensuring that our community’s voices are heard as we navigate the challenges and opportunities facing Seattle Public Schools.

The event program will include a free family style meal during brief opening remarks before attendees move into small, intimate roundtables that candidates will cycle through, allowing more personal questions and one-on-one face time. Candidates and community members will cover key issues top of mind related to public education, such as:

• Funding for schools

•Equity and access to quality education

•Curriculum development and innovation

•Community engagement and partnership

•School safety and student well-being

The event is free and open to all members of the community and media. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to secure seating and have time for dinner. Dinner will be served free of charge to all attendees with accessible options such as vegetarian and halal available. Translation and interpretation will be available for ASL, Amharic, Cantonese, Oromo, Tigrinya, Vietnamese, Somali and Spanish. Transit access is available with nearby King County Metro bus lines 7, 106 and their on-call flexible options.

The event will also be live-streamed for those unable to attend in person.

More information is at https://www.alliance4ed.org/news-events/bites-ballots-2023/