Dear PTA Leader,
As you likely know, the Seattle Education Association (SEA) voted "to strike for one day [May 19, 2015] to protest the state legislature's failure to fund 1351 and McCleary, its attempt to take away our right to bargain over our wages and healthcare, and to insert test scores into our evaluations."
We have received several inquires for guidance on this issue. It is important to understand PTA's positions, and to be clear when you are speaking on behalf of PTA versus as a parent.
PTA positions:Both Seattle Council PTSA and WA State PTA's number one legislative priority is fully funding basic education per the McCleary decision. At the same time, Resolution 18.6 states that the WSPTA "will not support work stoppages and/or strikes which interrupt or disrupt the educational day."
In consideration of these existing positions, the Seattle Council PTSA board voted in a new resolution on May 11, 2015. In short: "...SCPTSA affirms our advocacy of 'Ample funding of K-12 basic education per the McCleary decision; with increases in revenue orchestrated in a progressive, equitable, and sustainable manner;' And... while we do not advocate for disruptions to the education day, we support our teachers and demand that the Legislature meet their paramount duty."
What this means:
SCPTA advocates for full funding of education, we support our teachers, but do not advocate for strikes. Individual PTA's may take a position in accordance with their own Standing Rules and WSPTA endorsement procedures.
We encourage Leaders to share additional information:
- Share information on local child care opportunities as you become aware of them. The City of Seattle is providing free childcare on May 19 at community centers
- Provide SPS's FAQ:
- Share that the Seattle Education Association is planning rallies and a march through downtown to which parents and students are invited.
Cassandra Johnston, President - email@example.com
Eden Mack, Advocacy/Legislative chair - firstname.lastname@example.org