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Session ends soon, no budget in sight

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Fourth Corner with Inslee
WEA members met Gov. Inslee in the capitol hallway this week and discussed school funding.

WEA members from Ferndale to Vancouver traveled to Olympia this week and urged legislators to pass a budget that raises salaries and protects collective bargaining. Their message to House Democrats: Stay united and don’t back down.

“I wish every educator in Washington could spend at least one day with legislators during the session,” said Natasha Meskew, an Orcas Island teacher. “We can influence and even lead this process, but only to the extent that we show up as individuals, advocate for our students and our profession, and exercise the power of human contact,”

“I'm in Olympia today to share stories about my students and how full funding of education will help them to succeed. If McCleary isn't funded, it will be catastrophic for our kids and public education,” said Yvonne Louie, a Franklin Pierce teacher.

FP lobbyists
Franklin Pierce EA members lobbied in Olympia this week.

The regular legislative session is set to end Sunday, and legislators are nowhere near agreement on a final budget.

The Democratic House and the Republican Senate have passed competing budget plans – and the two are far apart. WEA supports the House budget, which increases educator salaries from 30-60 percent over three years and protects the voter-approved initiative to reduce class sizes.

We oppose the Senate budget because it limits pay, increases class sizes and restricts collective bargaining rights.

Email your legislators and tell them to support the House budget.

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