Legislative

School Funding Advocacy

Our school is facing large cuts to its budget because of poorly constructed funding at the state level. Please consider advocating for a fix in the next weeks and month while the legislature forms its budget. For more background see this post from Washington’s Paramount Duty.

Mail, call, and or email your legislators today. Here’s a form letter based on a letter written by Sam McKagan (Leschi Elementary PTA Legislative Chair).

I am a parent of children at Salmon Bay School in Seattle, and I am very concerned about the lack of funding for schools in our district. Our schools were underfunded before the so-called McCleary fix, and now, even though the state has supposedly fully funded education, the total amount of funding has actually gone down because the new state funding is not enough to replace the local levy funds that we are no longer allowed to collect. Even with the levy funds we have traditionally collected, schools like mine have PTAs that raise $100K or more per year to fill the gap and provide adequate basic education for our kids, and schools in less wealthy neighborhoods that can’t raise that much just go without. Without the levy funds, we will have to make some very hard decisions about which basic services to give up. I urge you to fully fund counselors, librarians, nurses, social workers, and special education. Please pass the capital gains tax as new progressive revenue for public schools. I advocate for raising the levy cap and simple majority bonds.

District finder can be found here. For those in the 36th district, here’s the contact info:

Senator Reuven Carlyle
233 John A. Cherberg Building
PO Box 40436
Olympia, WA 98504

Email via this link.

Representative Noel Frame
319 John L. O’Brien Building
PO Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504

Email via this link.

Representative Gael Tarleton
429A Legislative Building
PO Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504

Email via this link.