Tell Gov. Inslee: Don't Shortchange Our Students in Your Budget
Billionaire education reformers want Gov. Jay Inslee and the Legislature to pass more misguided policies like tying test scores to evaluations, expanding charter schools and limiting local collective bargaining for school employees. They want to lowball McCleary, privatize our schools and shortchange our kids.
Gov. Inslee, who just won re-election with our support, will be releasing his state budget plan in December.
Email Gov. Inslee and tell him to fully fund public schools as stated in the Student Bill of Rights recently approved by the WEA Board. Emphasize all or one of them (cut and paste or write your own message):
- All students have a right to well-maintained schools, current curriculum, safe transportation and adequate school supplies. Students must have access to 21st century technology. Special education, gifted, learning assistance program, and transitional bilingual education for English language learners are essential. This requires fully funding a high-quality, well-rounded basic education so all children have equal opportunity to succeed.
- All students have a right to small class sizes and professional support services that provide the individual one-on-one attention they need. This requires fully funding smaller K-12 class size ratios and additional support services as required by voter-approved I-1351.
- All students have a right to be taught by caring, committed and qualified teachers and education support professionals. This requires fully funding competitive, professional base pay and benefits to attract and keep high-quality K-12 school employees, and maintain flexibility for school districts to supplement educators’ pay beyond the base state salary to meet local needs.
- All students have a right to learn in clean and safe school facilities, including ample classroom space equipped with modern technology. This requires fully funding school construction to modernize existing schools, build new schools and expand classroom capacity.
- All students have right to attend local public schools that have the flexibility to meet their unique needs. This requires fully funding basic education while ensuring that parents, educators, and community members have a voice in shaping their public schools, including the ability to approve levies to support enrichment programs beyond basic education.