From the WA State PTSA:
Education Ombudsmen are trained problem-solvers who bring families and educators together to resolve conflict and disputes that otherwise drive kids out of school. As impartial third parties, they provide consultation, coaching, facilitation, and mediation.
This is the first agency of its kind in the nation and it offers our K-12 schools innovative, cost-effective alternatives to costly lawsuits and administrative hearings. It promotes continual improvement while collecting data so it can advise all educators, families, students and other government agencies on which steps we need to take to keep kids in school. Most of their cases deal with special education or bullying and harassment.
The Washington State PTA strongly supports this office. It is beneficial to each of our 1 million public school students and is critical for our most marginalized.
Well, the office would be abolished in a bill before the Senate – SSB 5639. We need you to contact Senator McAuliffe ASAP.
SSB 5639 is the governor’s new education governance (P-20) bill. The governor’s version highlighted the Office of the Education Ombudsman. The Senate education committee voted in the substitute to abolish it. It was in the Senate Ways and Means Committee last week (where we testified against) and it has been sent back to Senator McAuliffe for re-drafting.
PLEASE contact Senator McAuliffe ASAP. We need as many people as possible, especially special education parents. The message is:
Dear Senator McAuliffe,
Please remove the line that abolishes the Office of the Education Ombudsman (OEO) in SSB 5639. This office saves state money by resolving complaints before they turn into expensive lawsuits for parents and schools! It helps each of the 1 million children in Washington public schools and is critical for our most marginalized.
Here is her contact information:
Senator Rosemary McAuliffe
Fax: (360) 786-1999
Her e-mail: rosemary.mcauliffe@Leg.wa.gov
Please also contact other members of the Senate Education Committee to let them know the same message