After months of community meetings and several different proposals from the Seattle School District, the debate over school closures across the city has finally been decided and many West Seattle students will be effected by the outcome.
On Jan. 29 the Seattle School Board has passed Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson's final recommendation on school closures, effectively closing Cooper Elementary school and splitting the Accelerated Progress Program (APP) at Lowell Elementary school.
Two board members, Harium Martin-Morris and Mary Bass, voted against the recommendation.
"I wanted to vote for the proposal, I truly did, because I knew we needed to do it, but in the case of Cooper I just couldn't do it," explained Harium. "It had nothing to do with race, it had everything to do with treating that community fairly."
Once members of the board had voted the audience became outraged, yelling their objections at the directors and superintendent and chanting outside the meeting room, "Hey, School Board, let's face it, these closures are racist!"
"It was a tough meeting," said School Board president Michael DeBell.