From the Washington State PTSA:
The Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition, of which we are a member, is taking action on the Farm to School program and funding for Safe Routes to School, both of which touch on PTA’s longtime advocacy for healthy kids. If these are your issues, send a note or call your legislator. - Ramona Hattendorf, Washington State PTA government relations coordinator.
Quick cut and paste messages:
Please restore state funds to the Small Farm Direct Marketing Program and the Farm to School Program.
The Farm to School Program has supported hundreds of local farmers and schools in their efforts to get high quality, nutritious Washington-grown foods to our state’s children. The state investment of $300,000 per biennium leveraged almost $300,000 in federal dollars, and has opened new markets for farmers and sustained farm jobs in our local communities.
Please put more money into Complete Streets and Safe Routes to Schools.
Even though bicycling and walking make up 6% of all trips statewide, those modes currently get only 0.3% of state transportation funds.
Please consider sending a message to your legislator if you support these programs. Find your legislator.
From the Stranger Slog, SEA is represented among the thousands of union workers in Washington State.
Every year, some teachers receive pink slips and then they are brought back when jobs open up again, Knapp said. "Each of the last two years, reduction in force has been covered by attrition when people retire or leave the district," he said. At least 200 teachers leave the district every year on their own accord, Knapp said, out of a total 0f 5,000 union members.
Also from the Slog, the top questions for Dr. Enfield at Questionland next Wednesday (out of 55 submitted):
- Will you cut Central Administration costs from 9% down to 6%, like every other district in the state?
- Will you put Teach for America teachers (who have 5 weeks of training) in front of students, or will you rehire riffed teachers with experience?
- Will you spend even more money on standardized testing, or will you rehire career counselors, and paraprofessionals to work with students?
- Will you lay off elementary counselors?