As our districts implement elements of the proto-typical school funding models, it is important for local advocates to make sure that those elements are implemented to best serve the students.
With the legislature putting more funding into transportation and MSOC with the 2013-2015 budget, do we know what our districts will be doing with the levy dollars that will be freed up? I encourage all of you to ask your local school districts these questions.
There was also increased funding for counselors and family engagement coordinators in the proto-typical school funding models, are & positions being added in your district?
Many of the issues we follow to get a signed bill in Olympia must be followed back to our local districts to make sure implementation occurs and that it solves the original problems. Class size is still problematic. When I-728 passed, there was no funding attached to the initiative. In good economic times, our legislature was able to provide some funding to reduce class size. In more difficult economic times, with the reforms of HB2261 (and others that followed) and the McCleary decision, the legislature has not found the funding source to reduce class size. We need to know what it looks like locally because that’s where it all gets implemented.
Sincerely, Sherry Krainick Legislative Director Washington State PTA