1430BP Audience Participation
This procedure outlines the rules and requirements for members of the public wishing to speak at a regular Board meeting or at a public hearing.
The School Board shall encourage and accommodate public participation in regular Board meetings. The Board will hear from the public in the Public Testimony section of each regular Board meeting except in emergency situations. A maximum of twenty speakers will be heard; each speaker can speak for not more than two minutes. However, in the event that thirty five (35) or more public testimony requests are received prior to the scheduled start time of the Board meeting, an additional five speaking slots will be made available for that meeting only, for a total of twenty five speakers.
Regular Board meeting agendas are posted to the District’s website no later than three days in advance of the meeting, giving members of the public an opportunity to review what items are on the agenda.
Regular Board meetings are generally held on Wednesdays but are occasionally scheduled on other days (e.g. due to holidays or school breaks). For regular Board meetings held on Wednesdays, public testimony sign-ups will be accepted and testimony slots will be filled as follows:
When regular Board meetings are held on days other than Wednesdays, the above timeline for public testimony sign-ups and the filling of testimony slots may be adjusted by the School Board Office accordingly. If adjusted, the revised timeline will be included on the relevant regular Board meeting agenda.
Guidelines of testimony in this part of the meeting are:
For topics of special public interest or as required by law, the Board may schedule special hearings to receive additional public testimony. The Board President shall designate a time limit for public presentations. Speakers may sign up at the public hearing to present oral testimony and may be required to give their full name, address, and relationship to Seattle Public Schools and to designate whether they are testifying for or against the agenda item, and will be given the opportunity to submit written testimony. Speakers should only state their full name for the record when starting their testimony—speakers need not state their address, email or telephone number during the meeting.
Testimony will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis according to the sign-up sheet at the public hearing. Speakers will be given a maximum of three (3) minutes to speak. Persons who do not testify are encouraged to submit their written testimony to the Board Office, which will make it available to the full Board.