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From the West Seattle blog:
The West Seattle school that was crowdfunding to try to save a teacher from being cut has apparently met its goal. After receiving e-mail announcing that the Alki Elementary fundraising drive had reached its goal thanks to a $70,000+ donation, we checked the crowdfunding page, and the donation is listed there.
The donor is Brian Jones who does not have kids in Alki. Here's part of what he has to say:
I have two daughters, age 3 and 6. I live in Ballard and have no children that attend school in West Seattle. When my daughter entered Kindergarten this year at Loyal Heights, I learned I had to pay over $2000 to cover the second part of the day. I found that ridiculous and didn’t know why until I learned more about the McCleary decision and the basis of that lawsuit.
The legislature and Governor seem to be taking forever, (and my state rep and senator never even email me back). So when I heard about the lack of funding and teacher pulls, I talked with my wife and we decided that enough was enough and that we would do what we could to help, because our elected officials are failing our children. I don’t know anything about politics, but I do know a child’s education and a loving family is a recipe for success.
The first step that anyone can do is come to the rally this Tuesday at SPS headquarters and learn how our children are taking a back seat to this absolute ridiculous inaction by our elected officials.
After that I plan on galvanizing others to pressure our legislature to move fast and swift regarding this issue or face a movement of parents who will vote them out of office. … I’m not a politician or even “political,” I just can’t stand by and see our education system run like this.The rally he mentions has also just been mentioned to us by Schmitz Park Elementary parent Rachel Lazar, who’s been a leader in advocacy at that school since this all started circulating on Thursday. It’s set for 4 pm this Tuesday (October 13th) outside district headquarters, 3rd and Lander in SODO.
Bless Mr. Jones for his kindness. But, I gently but firmly say - this is wrong to do. It's enabling the district to continue to nearly blackmail school communities into paying up for support for kids. It's like buying drinks for an alcoholic who says he needs them to continue working at his job to support his family.
Parents, this movement is growing and it's not just about the 25+schools seeing staffing cuts. It's about the fight for transparency in the dollars that the district has and how they spend them.
On Tuesday, please come to either the Half-Baked Bake Sale from 11 am-1pm at JSCEE OR the rally at 4 pm.
Or, on Wednesday, come to the Executive Committee Meeting of the Whole at 4:30 pm and stand with parents to ask the Board to please take a vote to direct the Superintendent to hit the pause button until the clarity on spending is fully explained.