- an open letter to the Legislature over loss of levy funds from Superintendent Nyland
and members of the African American Male Advisory Committee. I'm not sure I agree with this action but certainly it makes a point.
- I asked SPS Communications about whether Mayor Murray had been contacted about the Legislature (as a former long-time legislator himself). Here is their reply:
We have spoken with his Governmental Relations team, his Department of Education team and the Budget Director for the city. We have attended at least 4 meetings to explain the situation. It is on their leg agenda.Some bills of interest in the Legislature relating to K-12 education:
- SB 5115 - an act relating to school directors' compensation (it amends another RCW). It seeks to eliminate a limit to how much a school director may make in service to a district (both the per diem and the lid to compensation.) This would be in addition to any expenses a district may pay for directors (like travel.)
The amount would be established by each school board but it cannot exceed the compensation of state legislators (as established by the Washington citizens' commission on salaries for elected officials.) The funds can only come from levies and not from state dollars.
- SB 5064 - an act relating to the freedom of expression rights of students at public schools and institutions of higher education. Every district with a high school would have to adopt a "written student freedom of expression policy."
No director community meetings tomorrow.
Good opportunity for youth from Citizen University - the Youth Civic Collaboratory.
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