From the great West Seattle Blog, a comprehensive wrap-up of the discussion at Director Harris' community meeting.
I was in Olympia yesterday to work with Washington's Paramount Duty, visiting legislators. Boy, that place was hopping. You'll be glad to know that nearly all the legislators we visited are just flummoxed by trying to figure out how to fund McCleary. But no one particularly wants to worry about it this session.
I testified at the Senate Committee for K-12 Education which was hearing input on several bills including SB 6195, the "plan with a plan" for McCleary. There were really only a couple of groups that truly supported the bill and those were LEV, the Washington State School Board Directors Association and the Association of Washington Business. LEV's testimony was in sharp contrast to nearly every other speaker as they said it was "gratifying" that this bill had a "sense of urgency."
There were a lot of "other" testimony (meaning, not "pro" or "con") saying thanks for the effort but
1) there should be some money in there and there isn't and that's another year of public education in Washington State that isn't fully funded
2) that districts will find it hard to budget for 2017-2018 with little to go on from this bill
But the star was 9-year-old Asher who attends school in SPS who came to complain about how he has to get his homework done on time so why doesn't the Legislature? He said his building is overcrowded and they have no real playground and the boiler overheats and then they have to go outside and have their learning time interrupted. See about minute 37. My own testimony starts about minute 23:00.
What's on your mind?