A good, brief wrap-up from SCPTSA's Eden Mack:
Last night at the Seattle School Board meeting, Senators David Frockt, Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Jamie Pedersen and Representative Gerry Pollet
were there to receive recognition for securing $25 million for capital
I was there to ask that SPS make their legislative agenda more
clearly state that fully funding per the court's orders was the #1
priority, and that they continue to advocate for funding the school
buildings we desperately need.
They all said in their remarks (essentially)
that they know that this amount is a drop in the bucket compared to
what is needed.
Here is what David Frockt posted this AM on his Facebook page:
"We are very appreciative of the recognition. We worked
hard, as a delegation, to lead this effort to secure up to $25 million
in additional capital funds for Seattle Public Schools. But we know much
more is needed. The reality is we have so much more to do on education
I was up at the "Senate Listening Tour" in Everett on
Wednesday. I hope my colleagues were listening.
Seattle voices came
through loud and clear and they represent the position that our Seattle
delegation has been fighting for since I served on the Joint Task Force
on Education Funding three years ago. Full funding with new revenue (and
hopefully tax reform) to fundamentally change our education financing
structure in this state (not just shifting of funding sources) --- and
substantial new investment in capital expansion to build out the
classrooms we need and expand our teaching corps. I believe we now have
nearly 53, 000 students in the Seattle system. We are bursting at the
The Court order must be respected and not defied any longer. Thank
you Eden Mack for your leadership and great advocacy for the PTSA the
other night in Everett and at the meeting downtown yesterday."
About that "Senate Listening Tour," the only one directly in our region is on Monday, October 19th in Renton from 5-7 pm. at the Puget Sound Educational Service District, 800 Oakesdale Ave SW, Renton. Sadly, that is not a region well-served by bus service and, of course, 5pm is not a great time for anyone.
There is a 40-minute presentation and then public comment. Apparently, at the Everett event, they said they would take any other citizen comments besides those from Seattle citizens first.
To get constructive input and technical assistance on how the State should meet its constitutional duty to provide a program of basic education to all students in the State.
Kind of odd wording, no?