1. More money for schools
Lawmakers in Olympia will wrestle this session with how to meet a court order to give more state dollars to public schools and pay for a sweeping class size initiative that voters approved in the November election. Some lawmakers saythey’re ready to send Initiative 1351 back to voters with a price tag and a proposal for how to pay for it.
But lawmakers will have a tough time dodging the state Supreme Court’s unanimous September decision to hold the Legislature in contempt for failing to ramp up public school spending quickly enough, which the court ordered back in 2012. The court gave lawmakers until the day after the session to come up with a plan to increase school spending to the required levels or convince justices they shouldn’t issue sanctions.
From the Seattle Times Education Lab blog, 12.31.14. Read the whole post here.
Paramount Duty--Learn in Seattle
Sponsored by: Seattle Education Association, League of Women Voters and Seattle Council PTSA
When: Tuesday, January 6, 2015--6:30 to 8:30pm
Where: John Stanford Center Auditorium, 2445 3rd Ave. S., Seattle
Why: Because bake sales and auctions cannot fill funding gaps in basic education
Why are our schools underfunded and over-crowded? What is the Legislature doing about this? What can we do? Hear from two dynamic speakers. Tom Ahearne, (NEWS) the trial lawyer from the McCleary case will speak on how WA State is not meeting its “Paramount Duty” to fully fund education. He will also talk about the latest “contempt” decision on holding our legislators accountable. Andrew Nicholas from the WA State Budget and Policy Center will talk about the challenges of financing basic education and the reforms to the revenue system that can make that possible.
It is FREE, but seating is limited. RSVP at: https://paramountduty2015.eventbrite.com
The Shoreline Holiday Baskets Food, Toys & Teen Gifts Drive is in its last week, and it needs your help!
The number of families in need this year continues to grow. Consider these numbers of families eligible for food and gift help in our District (as of last week; they've grown since these):
Boys ages 0-9: 336 (up from 320 last year)
Girls ages 0-9: 338 (308 last year)
Boyes ages 10-18: 352 (257 last year)
Girls ages 10-18: 316 (285 last year)
This represents 541 families, or 2387 people (501 families/2204 last year)
Update: we have hit over 600 families registered!!
Want to help? Visit the Family Services page, Holiday Baskets. Choose To Donate, Donation Drop Off Locations, or Volunteer.
Available on Friday to transport food? Ask your Family Services Chair or PTA President if your car is needed, or head to Kellogg to help unload. Available Saturday? Many hands make light work, and we could really use yours, especially in the afternoon!!
Thank you for helping us help our families. We are grateful for your support.
Shoreline PTA Council