The good news: our stars are aligning! We have a window of opportunity in the coming months (this legislative session), the best in a generation, to increase school funding and compensation. Here's why:
- The McCleary decision and contempt ruling: The state Supreme Court held the Legislature in contempt last fall and they will order sanctions if this legislative session does not make significant progress on implementing the McCleary decision. The state Supreme Court made it clear that McCleary includes school funding and large salary increases to bring educators professional salaries, much more than a cost of living adjustment (COLA).
- New class size law sent a message: With your help, the public passed I-1351. We now have a class size law on the books.
- The Governor proposed taxes: Gov. Inslee proposed several taxes that would raise over $1 billion for education. Taxes would be paid by the top 2% and by large corporations, both of which have a smaller tax burden compared to the rest of us.
- The public supports us: According to public polling, the public supports these proposed taxes and believes that education funding is the top priority.
- Bargaining opportunities are ahead: NSEA bargains next year, and this legislative session will determine the available dollars. NESPA (paras and nurses) and NEOPA (office staff) begin bargaining this spring.
What's missing? Your voice! Make yourself heard at the Education Forum and Rally.
Education Funding Forum and Rally
Join your colleagues from the Northshore, Edmonds, Shoreline, Seattle, and Lake Washington School Districts. Invite co-workers, family, friends, parents, and others. We are inviting state legislators to hear your stories and needs.
Saturday, March 21, 2015
from 10:00 am to 11:30 am
(Doors open at 9:30 am)
Nathan Hale High School
(North Seattle - 10750 30th Ave NE, Seattle 98125)
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Sign-up HERE: http://tinyurl.com/edforumrally