Native American School Not
Washington: In Seattle, Native American students graduate at a 44% rate compared to 63% for all students.
And, while the school district gets federal money to educate its Native students, the only Seattle high school for Native American education -- Indian Heritage Middle College High School -- isn't getting any of it.
"Indian Heritage High School does not receive those types of monies that I'm aware of," said Indian Heritage principal, Dr. John German.
in the 1970s, Indian Heritage is
only a shadow of it once was. Now
Native Americans parents and alumni
are asking Seattle Public Schools [SPS]
to do more for the
school and it's students:
German says his school is funded like other Seattle schools -- it's based on how many students go there. Currently, Indian Heritage has about 60 students, and 15 are Native American. The school has money for only three teachers and security staff.
Indian Heritage is an open campus.
Teachers deny they have an
attendance problem, but former
Webster says her
classmates barely showed up.
"I took a test for the
school I'm going to now. I am way
below average. I also wanna know
when are you guys gonna boost up the
education? When is it gonna be high
curriculum and his staff and tells
stories of students who do well. "Two of our students last
year, one young lady won the school
board scholarship, which was a
couple thousand dollars or so, and
another one won a scholarship to
North Seattle Community College. So,
are they not successful?"
and alumni want to know where that
money is going.
SPS said the monies were directed to
K-8 tutoring, youth
and for staff development. However,
an SPS auditor said that last year
the district didn't even spend all
the money, and what it spent lacked
The schools wants to form a parent committee that offers input as to where funding should go. In fact, such a committee is required to receive the federal school dollars. SPS has neglected that requirement. Now they're having trouble getting parents on board.
The school board finance committee is investigating.