THURSDAY, MARCH 28, 2013
It covers recent K-12 cuts, but leaves heavy lifting around McCleary school funding ruling for another day
Statement from Novella Fraser, Washington State PTA president, on Gov. Inslee’s budget proposal:
Washington State PTA would like to thank Governor Inslee for advancing the budget conversation. We like some of his ideas around targeted investment and look forward to engaging with the Senate and House appropriation committees about funding levels for K-12 education.
We would like to note, however, that the $1.2 billion – as welcome as it is – essentially covers the cuts to K-12 schools made during the recession. It does not address the significant underfunding that led to the McCleary lawsuit and that dates back a decade or more. Washington State PTA is committed to full implementation of the basic education funding reform adopted in 2009 with passage of ESHB 2261, as well as to supporting our educators in their work to meet the diverse learning needs of Washington youth.
For years, our volunteers have seen an overwhelming need to re-invest in and re-commit to our public schools. These days, our members are fund-raising for science materials, PE equipment, reading and math specialists – even professional development for staff. And the need keeps growing.
Press packet from the governor’s office: http://www.ofm.wa.gov/budget13inslee/presspacket.pdfRamona Hattendorf Government relations coordinator Washington State PTA