Local teachers are organizing a legislative town hall event to speak out on the major education issues facing legislators in Olympia this year:
· School funding (McCleary decision)
· Class size (I-1351)
· Educator salaries (More than COLA)
· High-stakes testing (Less testing, more learning)
The education town hall meeting is March 20, 2-15 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, at Rotary Log Pavilion 1401 Sargent Blvd, Aberdeen, WA 98520 https://maps.google.com/maps?q=address+for+rotary+log+pavilion,+aberdeen,+wa&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&channel=fflb&ie=UTF-8&ei=i1YLVaPEK8rToATwzIGoBQ&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAQ&output=classic&dg=brw
Local legislators, Rep. Brian Blake and Shawn O’Neil, Sen. Hargrove’s assistant are scheduled to attend. Two hundred teachers, education support professionals and other school supporters are expected to participate by sharing their stories and explaining how decisions in the Legislature can help or hurt kids in the classroom.
“This is a chance for teachers to speak directly to their legislators, the people in Olympia who are passing laws and writing budgets that affect our community’s public schools and children,” said Cathleen Peterson, who teaches at McDermoth School. “The Supreme Court is holding the Legislature in contempt over its failure to fully fund our kids’ education. The voters have ordered the Legislature to reduce K-12 class sizes. The economy is improving. This is the best opportunity in a generation for us to work together and provide the quality education our students deserve.”
The state House of Representatives is expected to release a budget proposal later in March, followed by the Senate’s budget plan. Billions of dollars in new funding for K-12 public schools are at stake.
This event is one of several regional education town halls organized by members of the Washington Education Association. At each event, teachers and education support professionals will be writing postcards, sending emails, posting to social media and making calls to legislators.