Naturally, this is a greatly anticipated moment for public education because the question is: what's in there for McCleary (and how are they paying for it)?
What is vitally important to let legislators know is that McCleary is about several things.
- fully-funding K-12 public education
- fully-funding to whatever they are defining as "basic education"
- remembering that class size IS part of McCleary (especially at K-3) and any attempt to say that they can't fund 1351 would not be true (given the first part of my statement).
You cannot divorce class size from McCleary.
What was clear from the Town Hall at Hale on Saturday is that even the biggest legislative supporters of public education have no time/stomach for figuring out funding for 1351.
However, none of them want to ignore the will of the people, either. (They all said they would not vote for trying to overturn 1351 in the Legislature.)
The Class Size Matters folks are encouraging people to attend the hearing tomorrow, Friday, March 27th at 1:30 pm in the O'Brien House Office building, Room A.