Former Cascade High School teacher Kay Powers, 76, died Jan. 4 at her Seattle home. A First Amendment advocate, Powers lost her job at Cascade in 2007 after helping students publish an underground newspaper. Rehired, she taught one more year at Jackson High School. (Kevin Nortz / Herald File)

Former Cascade High School teacher Kay Powers, 76, died Jan. 4 at her Seattle home. A First Amendment advocate, Powers lost her job at Cascade in 2007 after helping students publish an underground newspaper. Rehired, she taught one more year at Jackson High School. (Kevin Nortz / Herald File)

Kay Powers, teacher and free-speech crusader, has died at 76

“They put into law what Kay stood for,” says former colleague who recalls Cascade High controversy.

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