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Gov. Jay Inslee could release his state budget proposal as soon as Dec. 13 – and WEA members are encouraging him to make school safety a top budget priority.
Hundreds of educators across the state are emailing the Governor and sending him postcards with this message: Increase state funding for additional school counselors, psychologists, nurses, social workers and other education staff associates who work with students.
School safety is one of WEA’s 2019 Legislative Priorities. WEA members believe students, educators and community members have a fundamental right to be safe at school.
That means all students deserve the individual help, support and resources they need to be successful in the classroom and in the community – including the increasing number of students who have serious emotional, economic and behavioral challenges.
In the Spring of 2018, WEA leadership and Gov. Inslee convened a series of community meetings focused on student health and school safety. Students, educators, administrators and others met in different parts of the state. In small groups, they discussed their fears, concerns and needs around school safety and their own health.
“The focus of the school safety meetings was the health and safety of educators and students, not improvements to building security,” says the executive summary of the meetings.
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