The 1,280 members of the Northshore Education Association (NSEA) will not report to school on Wednesday, May 6, 2015. Instead, we will be participating in a one day walk out in response to the state legislature’s failure to fully fund the costs of basic education and its continued defiance of a State Supreme Court contempt citation, and we ask that you join us.
Your children continue to pay the price for the inaction of the legislature. We ask that you join us in a protest march from Pop Keeney (9809 NE 188th St, Bothell, WA 98011) to The Park at Bothell Landing (9919 NE 180th St, Bothell, WA 98011) for an education rally at on Wednesday, May 6th. Add your voice to the chorus across the state demanding that the legislature follow the order of the Supreme Court and fully fund basic education in Washington State. Please carpool and meet up in the Pop Keeney parking lot by 11:15 am for the march; the rally will begin at 12:00 pm at The Park at Bothell Landing.
Northshore is a litigant in the landmark McCleary case. NSEA members have gone to the State Supreme Court. We have lobbied in Olympia. We worked to pass I-1351 to reduce class sizes in every grade level. Yet Washington continues to rank near our nation’s bottom in class size (47th), per pupil funding (40th), and teacher compensation (42nd). Despite the 2012 State Supreme Court’s decision that the Constitutional rights of Washington’s students were being violated, and despite the Court’s ruling last September that the legislature was in “contempt” for failing to remedy this, school funding has changed little. It’s shocking, and your children are paying too high a price.
The state legislature is currently deliberating on school funding, but the current proposals don’t adequately address the needs. Like educators in Lake Washington and 18+ other school districts around the state, we did not make the decision to walk out lightly. We know how our community counts on our schools to be open. We have made accommodations for all AP and IB testing to continue, and encourage all after school activities to be held as usual.
We recognize this is an inconvenience, but we ask for your patience and support. We are advocating for resources your children need to be successful in both school and in life. By closing for a day (which will be rescheduled like a snow day), we hope to shine a spotlight on the legislature’s current deliberations and to achieve a better outcome for our children.
If you cannot attend the rally on Wednesday, May 6th, please call your legislator on the Legislative Hotline (800-562-6000) and leave a message: Fund our schools with adequate and stable revenue.
For more information about the McCleary decision and the Network for Excellence in Washington Schools, please click here.
For more information about the legislative session, click here.
Northshore Education Association