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Recess debates are on the table for the Seattle School Board: How parents can weigh in

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As Seattle Public Schools continues negotiations with Seattle Education Association to finalize a new collective bargaining contract, the issue of recess time is a hot one. A state mandate is requiring more instructional time – 1,027 hours for the average K-12 school – which affects learning time for students as well as lunch and recess breaks. Seattle parents have expressed concerns this year about shrinking recess time for students, citing its importance.

If you'd like to voice your opinions on Seattle Public Schools' negotiations, you can contact the School Board in a number of ways: Visit their website to see which board member represents your district and contact them directly; Contact the Seattle Public Schools Ombudsman; or sign up to speak at a board meeting or attend a meeting.

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