Endorsements

 
 

“Seattle’s Only newspaper”

She's committed to implementing the school board's new equity agenda.

The school system moves at the speed of a sloth on opiates, but we need ambitious people like Rankin to light a fire under the school board's ass. Vote Rankin.

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BUILDING A POWERFUL UNION THAT FIGHTS FOR ECONOMIC, POLITICAL AND SOCIAL JUSTICE IN OUR WORKPLACES AND IN OUR COMMUNITIES.

UFCW 21 is the largest private-sector union in Washington, with over 46,000 members working in grocery store, retail, health care, and other industries.

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UAW 4121

The Union of Academic and Student Employees and Post-Docs at the University of Washington

The voice of seattle public school educators

On behalf of the members of the Seattle Education Association, congratulations to Liza on receiving our sole endorsement.

We are proud to recommend and elect pro-public education candidates like her.

teamsters local 763 

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MLK Labor

MLK Labor is the central body of labor organizations in King County, representing 154 unions and 100,000 workers

gun violence is preventable

As the Seattle Council PTSA Legislative Chair, Liza Rankin helped lead the way on gun violence prevention. Her history of leadership shows her commitment to preventing gun violence in schools and communities.

Teamsters Local 174

represents the First Student bus drivers and mechanics that transport our SPS students.

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Transit Riders Union

An independent, democratic, member-run union of transit riders organizing for better public transit in Seattle, King County and beyond.

recruiting, training, electing womxn since 1971

Liza advocates for positive, equitable learning and working environments in Seattle Public Schools,

She has engaged at the school, city, and state level for kids, families, and schools.

sole endorsement

The 37th Dems

Representing the Central District, International District, Beacon Hill, Mount Baker, Seward Park, Columbia City, Rainier Valley, Rainier Beach, Skyway, and Renton, they are the most diverse and progressive LD in WA state.

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Seattle Building & Construction Trades Council

Representing 19 affiliate crafts and over 20K workers

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recommended by Fuse WA in their Progressive Voters Guide

Rankin demonstrated detailed knowledge of the complex issues facing Seattle Public Schools during her in-person interview and highlighted her experience volunteering at or visiting half of the 102 schools in the district.


Sebrena Burr

Community Leader and Education Advocate

“We are at a critical time in Seattle Public Schools like no other. We need School Board Directors who know the landscape of SPS and have established relationships with district leaders. Liza has a strong equity lens and is ready for the work on day one.”

“We are at a critical time in Seattle Public Schools like no other. We need School Board Directors who know the landscape of SPS and have established relationships with district leaders. Liza has a strong equity lens and is ready for the work on day one.”

As the 2016-2018 Seattle Council PTSA President, I have worked closely with Liza Rankin. For me, she was a strong go-to and think partner. Because of Liza's brilliance, advocacy and mobilization, Seattle Public Schools now has a two-tier bus and bell schedule. She worked with a City Council member to find funding to a challenge our School Board had been trying to figure out for 8 years. Many raised their voice to support this effort, but it was Liza's leadership that brought all of the pieces and people together. From listening to schools and families she found solutions.

Liza connected Seattle Council to our Black Lives Matter in School partnership that now has powerful student voice and leadership. When the district was nervous about embracing this movement, she brought in a strong voice of diverse communities. Her voice helped to reassure them that this was the right decision. She put together the first book reading list as a resource because there was none at that time.

She knows highly capable, twice-exceptional and special education in ways that others do not, always looking at the whole child and what is best for the student. She is student and teacher-centered, and values the voice and partnership with families. She is strong on policy and has tremendous knowledge of education funding and State level educational challenges that must be addressed. Please VOTE for Liza Rankin for Seattle School Board Position 1!


Dr. Ilene Schwartz

professor of education UW*

It is my pleasure to endorse Liza Rankin for the Seattle School Board, District 1. I have known Liza as a parent, a school volunteer, and as a community activist. Liza is a tireless advocate who is committed to ensuring that    every child    has access to a world class education. She is knowledgable and accessible.    She is committed to making the Seattle Public Schools a system that works for all children and all families   . She will be a great addition to the Board.   Dr. Schwartz is a national authority on Autism, Inclusion, Early Childhood Education, Developmental Disabilities. She is the director of the Haring Center for Inclusive Education on the UW campus, an interdisciplinary, research and training center focused on improving outcomes for children of all abilities.

It is my pleasure to endorse Liza Rankin for the Seattle School Board, District 1. I have known Liza as a parent, a school volunteer, and as a community activist. Liza is a tireless advocate who is committed to ensuring that every child has access to a world class education. She is knowledgable and accessible. She is committed to making the Seattle Public Schools a system that works for all children and all families. She will be a great addition to the Board.

Dr. Schwartz is a national authority on Autism, Inclusion, Early Childhood Education, Developmental Disabilities. She is the director of the Haring Center for Inclusive Education on the UW campus, an interdisciplinary, research and training center focused on improving outcomes for children of all abilities.

 

Emijah Smith

community education advocate

I support Liza Rankin for School Board Director in District 1 because I have seen her at work. Her commitment to equity and our kids is authentic, and she backs it up with action.

I support Liza Rankin for School Board Director in District 1 because I have seen her at work. Her commitment to equity and our kids is authentic, and she backs it up with action.

 

Devon Alisa Abdallah

SPS Parent, PTA Legislative Chair, Community Activist

With a great race, social justice, and equity lens, Liza is a dedicated advocate for all children.    Also, she is always approachable and quick to respond to any inquiry, which is all the more amazing since she has two elementary age kids! Liza will make a great addition to the School Board!

With a great race, social justice, and equity lens, Liza is a dedicated advocate for all children. Also, she is always approachable and quick to respond to any inquiry, which is all the more amazing since she has two elementary age kids! Liza will make a great addition to the School Board!

Lhorna Murray

Artist, Activist, Community leader, nonprofit board member

Throughout my experience working with Liza on a number of district and city level boards, committees, and community groups serving Seattle children and families, I have come to recognize that Liza’s many strong suits include her creative problem solving skills, her firm ability to create and facilitate collaborations, and her    tireless commitment to improving educational outcomes for underserved students in Seattle schools.     I enthusiastically endorse Liza Rankin for Position 1 on the Seattle School Board and I look forward to seeing Liza’s work elevated if we are fortunate enough to see her elected to the board, where she can continue her efforts to ensure that inclusion and respect are cornerstones of our educational principles district wide!

Throughout my experience working with Liza on a number of district and city level boards, committees, and community groups serving Seattle children and families, I have come to recognize that Liza’s many strong suits include her creative problem solving skills, her firm ability to create and facilitate collaborations, and her tireless commitment to improving educational outcomes for underserved students in Seattle schools.

I enthusiastically endorse Liza Rankin for Position 1 on the Seattle School Board and I look forward to seeing Liza’s work elevated if we are fortunate enough to see her elected to the board, where she can continue her efforts to ensure that inclusion and respect are cornerstones of our educational principles district wide!

 

Ramona Hattendorf

education and child advocate, disability ally and inclusion radical, past president Seattle Council PTSA

Relationships are key to learning. If a student doesn't feel like they belong or have membership, they are not going to thrive. I believe Liza will hold this at the center of her work and model it for Seattle schools staff and community.

Relationships are key to learning. If a student doesn't feel like they belong or have membership, they are not going to thrive. I believe Liza will hold this at the center of her work and model it for Seattle schools staff and community.

 

Tracy Gill

2019 PSESD TEACHER OF THE YEAR, TEACHING TOLERANCE ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER*

Liza has proven that she will lead in community   , as opposed to leading the community. She shows up when she is called upon, and engages in the reflective work needed in our district. She listens with an eagerness to learn and has also volunteered time to help develop our ethnic studies program in SPS!

Liza has proven that she will lead in community, as opposed to leading the community. She shows up when she is called upon, and engages in the reflective work needed in our district. She listens with an eagerness to learn and has also volunteered time to help develop our ethnic studies program in SPS!

Wayne Au, PhD

PROFESSOR OF EDUCATIONAL STUDIES AT UW BOTHELL*

I’m supporting Liza Rankin for Seattle School Board, you should too. She’s been organizing about and advocating for Seattle Public Schools for years.    She would be fabulous.    Dr. Au is a Professor of Educational Studies, Interim Dean of Diversity and Equity, author and editor for the social justice teaching magazine,  Rethinking Schools

I’m supporting Liza Rankin for Seattle School Board, you should too. She’s been organizing about and advocating for Seattle Public Schools for years. She would be fabulous.

Dr. Au is a Professor of Educational Studies, Interim Dean of Diversity and Equity, author and editor for the social justice teaching magazine, Rethinking Schools

 

Kate Eads

SPS Educator, Parent, Graduate, SEA Union Advocate*

What I am most excited about when it comes to Liza as District 1 Director is that I can count on her to stand up for justice. We are not in a position to continue to passively address the needs of our students and families.    Liza brings racial equity literacy, the personal understanding of how policies impact our students with the highest needs, and a willingness to stand up for what is right.    As an educator hollering from the”inside” for necessary changes, I know Liza is listening and ready to make an impactful and positive difference.

What I am most excited about when it comes to Liza as District 1 Director is that I can count on her to stand up for justice. We are not in a position to continue to passively address the needs of our students and families. Liza brings racial equity literacy, the personal understanding of how policies impact our students with the highest needs, and a willingness to stand up for what is right. As an educator hollering from the”inside” for necessary changes, I know Liza is listening and ready to make an impactful and positive difference.

 

Lisa Sibbett

educational researcher and teacher educator, University of Washington*

I have been impressed with Liza's efforts for educational justice since her work in Soup for Teachers, organizing parents and kids to support the Seattle Education Association (teacher's union). She has since established a track record as an effective advocate for racial and socioeconomic justice in Seattle schools. Vote for Liza!

I have been impressed with Liza's efforts for educational justice since her work in Soup for Teachers, organizing parents and kids to support the Seattle Education Association (teacher's union). She has since established a track record as an effective advocate for racial and socioeconomic justice in Seattle schools. Vote for Liza!

Inclusion and equity does not happen without the commitment, engagement, and brand of leadership Liza Rankin has demonstrated throughout her years of service to our local Northeast Seattle community, our city, and Seattle Public Schools.
— Lhorna Murray

Robin Schwartz

SPS PARENT AND BOARD MEMBER, CONCORD INTERNATIONAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PTA*

As a parent and community member at South End school with several significant barriers to equity (including a high percentage of families that qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch, a high percentage of immigrants, refugees, and non-native English speakers, a high percentage of children of color, as well as serious public health and safety issues in our community) I have found Liza to be a genuine source of support to me and to my community as we seek solutions.    She is accessible, relatable, knowledgeable about SPS and its policies, listens carefully before speaking thoughtfully, and is passionate about true equity in SPS.    I believe this commitment to equity will serve us all because it will first serve those of us who need it most. I feel more confident in the School Board’s ability to represent the best interests of my community if Liza is on it.

As a parent and community member at South End school with several significant barriers to equity (including a high percentage of families that qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch, a high percentage of immigrants, refugees, and non-native English speakers, a high percentage of children of color, as well as serious public health and safety issues in our community) I have found Liza to be a genuine source of support to me and to my community as we seek solutions. She is accessible, relatable, knowledgeable about SPS and its policies, listens carefully before speaking thoughtfully, and is passionate about true equity in SPS. I believe this commitment to equity will serve us all because it will first serve those of us who need it most. I feel more confident in the School Board’s ability to represent the best interests of my community if Liza is on it.

 

Samantha Fogg

SPS Parent and bryant pta board member*

When I don't know why something is happening in the district, I call Liza and she can give me the history. Before she decided to run, she had already worked with, volunteered at, coordinated with over half the buildings in the District. In SPS, we've got brilliant teachers, smart parents, and bright staff, but we need better connections between them, better communication, better understanding. We need someone who can listen and communicate.    We need someone who can build up and bring out the best in everyone around her - that’s Liza.    This district has significant problems and Liza has been in the trenches doing the work as an advocate, but she will have the power to do more if she is elected. I trust her with that power, and wholeheartedly endorse her.

When I don't know why something is happening in the district, I call Liza and she can give me the history. Before she decided to run, she had already worked with, volunteered at, coordinated with over half the buildings in the District. In SPS, we've got brilliant teachers, smart parents, and bright staff, but we need better connections between them, better communication, better understanding. We need someone who can listen and communicate. We need someone who can build up and bring out the best in everyone around her - that’s Liza. This district has significant problems and Liza has been in the trenches doing the work as an advocate, but she will have the power to do more if she is elected. I trust her with that power, and wholeheartedly endorse her.


Meg Richman

SPS TEACHER, FRANKLIN HIGH SCHOOL*

Liza has my endorsement! Informed, thoughtful, concerned about equity and deep education for all children.


Enrique Black

sps teacher, bailey-gatzert elementary*

I know Liza can do the job - she’ll have my vote!

Kari Minas

SPS elementary special education teacher*

Liza is compassionate and motivated to make a difference in the education experience for all children in Seattle!

Manuela Slye

founder of cometa playschool and scptsa president*

Liza is knowledgeable, smart, compassionate and motivated to work on policies to improve the lives and education of Seattle students. She is a hands-on individual that shows up at the board room with experience and willingness to listen.    We would be so lucky to have her on the school board   .

Liza is knowledgeable, smart, compassionate and motivated to work on policies to improve the lives and education of Seattle students. She is a hands-on individual that shows up at the board room with experience and willingness to listen. We would be so lucky to have her on the school board.

 

Aisha Reuler, MD

pediatrician, SPS parent, pta leader

Liza has the unique combination of an excellent grasp of SPS issues and the drive to get important work done, both as part of a team and independently. She communicates quite effectively and is an outstanding listener. She knows her own strengths and resources and appreciates those of others.    She has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion at both her local school level as well as the district level.    I trust her. I support her, and I endorse her.

Liza has the unique combination of an excellent grasp of SPS issues and the drive to get important work done, both as part of a team and independently. She communicates quite effectively and is an outstanding listener. She knows her own strengths and resources and appreciates those of others. She has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion at both her local school level as well as the district level. I trust her. I support her, and I endorse her.

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Brian Duncan

Ballard HS PTSA Legislative Liaison, SCPTSA High School Area Director, WSPTA Gun Violence Prevention Issue co-sponsor, 36th Democrats PCO*

Liza has led community organizing and lobbying on progressive taxation, including a state capital gains tax, to more fairly, sustainably, and amply fund our public schools, and has also led on gun violence prevention efforts with SCPTSA. Her superpower of empathy, coupled to clear vision on key policy issues, make her my choice for School Board Director in District 1.


Sherry Rudolph

wspta leader*

Liza Rankin is super smart, caring and best of all...witty, with a sense of humor. There is no better choice to serve Seattle’s kids!


Yoko Shimomura

sps parent and nonprofit leader

I am supporting Liza Rankin because I have seen her in action! I have seen her take the lead on equity issues, fight for underrepresented students and tackle the most complicated policies. I’ve seen her challenge positions of power to ensure students of color are seen.    I have seen her deep commitment to ensuring all students have access to a high-quality public education.    But, above all, I have seen her kindness, integrity and generosity.  A vote for Liza means our kids have an advocate on the school board.

I am supporting Liza Rankin because I have seen her in action! I have seen her take the lead on equity issues, fight for underrepresented students and tackle the most complicated policies. I’ve seen her challenge positions of power to ensure students of color are seen. I have seen her deep commitment to ensuring all students have access to a high-quality public education. But, above all, I have seen her kindness, integrity and generosity.

A vote for Liza means our kids have an advocate on the school board.

 

Ann Hilman

sps parent and pta leader

When I served as PTA president at Olympic Hills and Legislative VP at JAMS, Liza was my go to clarifier. Liza understands the complexities of issues and is very good at parsing out and explaining the nuances of those issues and the challenges that educators and families face when navigating the educational system.    I admire and respect her dedication to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, and have witnessed her actions supporting her words.    Liza would make an excellent School Board Director for the entire Seattle community and I would be proud to have her represent District 1.

When I served as PTA president at Olympic Hills and Legislative VP at JAMS, Liza was my go to clarifier. Liza understands the complexities of issues and is very good at parsing out and explaining the nuances of those issues and the challenges that educators and families face when navigating the educational system. I admire and respect her dedication to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, and have witnessed her actions supporting her words. Liza would make an excellent School Board Director for the entire Seattle community and I would be proud to have her represent District 1.


Rebecca Brito

SPS parent and advocate

Liza has spent the last four years building relationships among school communities as she coordinated resources, volunteerism, and advocacy, including giving and supporting public testimony during school board meetings at the John Stanford Center.
As a member of Seattle Council PTSA, she led the writing and adoption of the Black Lives Matter at School Week initiative, and championed the SCPTSA 2018-19 Equity Resolution and the #TakeBackPTA resolution. She has participated in Washington State PTA Focus Day activities in Olympia and as a legislative chair, recognizing that funding and policy issues intersect to create many barriers to equity in Seattle Public Schools.
Intersectionality is key in creating a truly equitable education system in our city, and Liza has done the research, met with communities, and supported issues time and time again that move the needle forward in Seattle, and will be a huge asset on the board.

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