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Focus Day 2016

How would you spend $100K a day on Washington State’s public schools?

The Washington state Supreme Court ruled that the state must pay $100,000 per day in fines until lawmakers craft a comprehensive plan to fully fund schools by 2018.

  • 2 teacher salaries
  • 26,667 school lunches for kids
  • A smart board for 40 classrooms

Speak out on behalf of your children and for all children in this state. Start by emailing your legislators. Next, see democracy in action by joining other Salmon Bay families at Focus Day in Olympia on Wednesday, February 3, 2016. WSPTA has reserved the Columbia Room, 1st floor of the Legislative Building as a place to gather, share information and prepare for the day’s events.

Need some background? Come to an evening of education advocacy January 20th, 2016, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Whitman MS auditorium. Speakers will include Heidi Bennett (Northwest Area Director, SCPTSA), Eden Mack (Legislative Chair, SCPTSA) and Tania de Sá Campos (Schools First) as guest speakers who will demystify education funding in Washington State. Heidi came to Salmon Bay last year and gave a fantastic talk about school funding.

Going To Focus Day 2015

1. Email Your Representatives

Although this sounds insignificant, we’ve heard from several representatives that they don’t get a lot of email from public school parents. It makes a big difference..

Find Your Legislator and tell them you want ample funding!

2. Come to Focus Day

WSPTA’s annual Legislative Focus Day on Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Note Although FOSB is not a PTSA the WSPTA welcomes all supporters of public education.

If you’re carpooling things get under way around 9:00 with main rally at noon. This is a rough schedule based on last year’s agenda (note that there are no PTA provided kids activities this year):

8:00 – 11:45 a.m.

  • Constituents meet with their legislators.
  • Tours of Capitol can be taken on the hour.

9:30 – 11:45 a.m.

  • Constituents meet with their legislators

11:00 – 11:45 a.m.

Pick up pre-purchased lunches in the Columbia Room.

Noon – 1:00 p.m.

  • Stand up, Speak up and Show up rally on the steps.
  • Bring your banners and signs! Let’s make some noise about our Top 5 priorities!
  • Hear from state leaders and leading advocates.

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

  • Constituents meet with their legislators.
  • Tours of the Capitol can be taken on the hour.

Noon – 3:00 p.m.

Drop off Legislative Visit summaries at the resource table outside the Columbia Room.

For people located in the 36th District, we will post meeting time here when they become available. If you’re in a different district you will be able to coordinate when you get there.

For any additional info contact Ian Whyte or Scott Koch.

 

 

Going To Focus Day 2015

Going to Focus Day 2015

Focus Day 2015 was wonderful experience for all the parents and children who were able to attend. It was also a great showing for public school supporters. We’re told is was a record for attendance at Focus Day. We’re proud to say that Salmon Bay was one of the most well-represented schools in the entire State, let alone Seattle.

The day started off with a pleasant charter bus ride down to Olympia with the Seattle PTA. Upon arrival, the Washington State PTA had reserved the Columbia room for organizing, sign making, and meeting. We took a small tour of the capital building and were able to see the Senate chamber and get to know more about the impressive building.

Making a Sign

Making a sign for Focus Day 2015.

The first meeting of the day was with Senator Jeanne Koel-Wells. We met her in a small meeting room, which we filled, near her office. The hand-written letters from Kim’s 2nd grade class made an immediate impact. Senator Koel-Wells allowed nearly all the parents to address her with their concerns about school funding. As could be imagined, she was very sympathetic to our message.

Handing letters written in class to the Senator.

Handing letters written in class to the Senator.

Senator Jeanne Koel-Wells with Focus Day 2015

Senator Jeanne Koel-Wells with Focus Day 2015 parents and children.

After lunch we gathered on the Capital steps for a rally with all the other Focus Day participants. The crowd filled the steps and the children had fun holding up their signs and cheering.

Focus Day 2015 on Capital Steps

Focus Day 2015 gathering on Capital Steps.

In the afternoon we met with Representatives Reuven Carlyle and Gael Tarleton. More familiesjoined our 36th District group, expanding our number to to over 20. Reuven and Gael were equally impressed with the copies of the letter we presented them. Like Senator Kooel-Wells, they were also very sympathetic to our concerns. Representative Carlyle explained some of the difficulties with our current tax structure in the state and described how he’s actively working on revamping the system to better meet our needs, including funding education.

Rep Reuven Carlyle and Gael Tarleton FD2015

Representatives Reuven Carlyle and Gael Tarleton with school children of 36th district Focus Day 2015.

We had a wonderful experience, met some great supporters from around the state, and put faces to very important issue. If we continue to stay involved and keep attention focused on school funding it will definitely have a big impact. Please spread the word and email your representative!

 

Thank you for your support.

FOSB Legislative Committee

Focus Day 2015

Fix State Funding Now

Based on its own testimony in the McCleary Decision, the amount with which the State of Washington should be funding Salmon Bay for the current school year is over $1,000,000 less than what it should be.

Absent our input, during the upcoming legislative session, state legislators will hear more about transportation and special interest tax breaks than they will about fixing education funding. We can and will change this. Start by emailing your legislators. Next, see democracy in action by joining other Salmon Bay families at Focus Day in Olympia on January 19th.

Going To Focus Day 2015

1. Email Your Representatives

Although this sounds insignificant, we’ve heard from several representatives that they don’t get a lot of email from public school parents. It makes a big difference..

Find Your Legislator and tell them you want ample funding!

2. Come to Focus Day

WSPTA’s annual Legislative Focus Day on Monday, January 19, 2015

Note Although FOSB is not a PTSA the Seattle PTSA has encouraged us to participate.

Don’t feel like driving? Ride the bus. Round trip tickets are $10/adult and $5/kids. Bus will leave from both the Green Lake and Airport Way park and rides. Buy your bus tickets here.

If you’re carpooling things get under way around 9:30 with main rally at noon. The PTSA schedule:

 

8:00 – 11:45 a.m.

  • Constituents meet with their legislators.
  • Tours of Capitol can be taken on the hour.

9:30 – 11:45 a.m.

  • Constituents meet with their legislators
  • Kids Activities in the Columbia Room (signs, face painting, temporary tattoos, and more!)

11:00 – 11:45 a.m.

Pick up pre-purchased lunches in the Columbia Room.

Noon – 1:00 p.m.

  • Stand up, Speak up and Show up rally on the steps.
  • Bring your banners and signs! Let’s make some noise about our Top 5 priorities!
  • Hear from state leaders and leading advocates.

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

  • Constituents meet with their legislators.
  • Tours of the Capitol can be taken on the hour.

Noon – 3:00 p.m.

Drop off Legislative Visit summaries at the resource table outside the Columbia Room.

 

For people located in the 36th District, we have meetings set for 11:30a with Senator Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles and 1:15p with Representative Reuven Carlyle and Representative Gael Tarleton. If you’re in a different district you will be able to coordinate when you get there.

For any additional info contact Ian Whyte or Scott Koch.