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Did you get the latest oversized "save our charters"ad? I think more than one reader has pointed out that the money going to save this lousy law could probably help these kids a lot more. I also don't like the name of the group, "Act Now for Washington Students" because I think most people would think it's a group supporting all public school students, not a small group of them.
Here's a thought - via Representative Gerry Pollet - to fund McCleary, close some tax loopholes.
The proposal would do away with the following giveaways:
- $120 million for the next biennium for fuel used by agribusiness on farms, heating chicken houses, and farm machinery replacement;
- Nearly $50 million for interest on real estate loans for some banks
Heating chicken houses when some schools can't get comfortable heating? Hmm.
Reminding you of the SPS event, Understanding the School Budget, on January 25th at JSCEE from 6-8 pm, I now see another SPS event on the calendar that might interest you.
It's the Option School Admission Fair on Saturday, January 30th from 10 am to 2 pm at Mercer Middle School. Further details here.
Former City Councilman Nick Licata has a good piece over at Crosscut about ALEC and its legislative agenda for every single state. (I weighed in on how the now-defunct Washington state charter school law was practically lifted from their charter school law template.) FYI, he is speaking at Town Hall on January 19th in support of his book, Becoming a Citizen Activist.
Wondering how you can support education? Here five education activist tips that I endorse (especially picking one thing you are passionate about.)
Figure out what you can do. For some people it’s cyberactivism, such as sending a letter to an elected official, signing on to a petition and sharing it on social media, or writing a letter to the editor of their local newspaper. For others it might be phone banking, door-to-door canvassing, attending meetings and rallies, or face-to-face conversations with members of your community. Whether big or small, inside your school or outside your home, every action counts. And remember to rest and recharge.What's on your mind?