Legislative Update

Legislative update from WA State PTA:

Special legislative session Starts Nov. 28. Focus: budget. Many proposed cuts affect children or their families.

Priorities for fall special session – Basic Education, Apple Health and key programs to support children’s well-being. Our theme: Put children first.

  • All youth deserve the opportunity to be healthy and to have access to an education that will prepare them for college and career. While not robust, the economy is stable. Our new reality means we have to adjust, but it can’t mean we abandon essential services or disinvest in our future.

TAKE ACTION: Cutting school hurts kids  — Legislators are hearing that the state should cut short the school year and use the savings to pay for other needs. To do this, the state would have to redefine the Program of Basic Education and argue children don’t need time in class. We cannot support this. Students would lose time in class AND fundamental budget protections.

Live in Olympia – You can let your presence be felt just by calling, writing, sending in Take 5 post cards. Find contact information If you want to be there in person, groups we have friends in are sponsoring events. NOTE: These are not PTA events and they will promote the priorities of the respective groups. (Our Focus Day is Feb. 20, 2012).

  • Nov. 28 -Washington Education Association (teacher’s union) is sponsoring a rally for members, Standing Strong, Standing Together. While PTA’s focus is kids and how cuts would hurt them, most of the proposed education cuts would also affect staff salaries and benefits. More info
  • Dec. 2 – Children’s Alliance is sponsoring Have a Heart for Kids Day. Focus: Cuts to children’s health care, food and nutrition programs. More info
  • Where’s your House Representative? Work on their main office building isn’t quite done. A lucky few have offices in the Legislative Building. Others will be working from their desks on the floor of the House chamber. The O’Brien Building is scheduled to re-open in early December.
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