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All Students Deserve Small Class Sizes

11/15/2016
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Click here to email Gov. Inslee about fully funding K-12 public schools in his budget.

Capitol from the skyHere is the student civil right WEA members are emailing Gov. Inslee about today as part of American Education Week:

All students have a right to small class sizes and professional support services that provide the individual one-on-one attention they need.

This requires fully funding smaller K-12 class size ratios and additional support services as required by voter-approved I-1351.

Each day this week, we're highlighting a different section of the Student Bill of Rights, which outlines what full funding and the McCleary decision require – and what our students deserve. Each email will include a link that will allow you to send Gov. Inslee a personal email about the school funding issue you think matters most.

Because of the state Supreme Court’s McCleary decision, K-12 school funding is going to be THE issue this year. Gov. Inslee, who just won re-election, will be releasing his state budget plan in December. The governor’s budget will set the tone for the legislative budget plans that follow, and we need his budget to set a high bar.

Billions in school funding are at stake. As professional educators, we know our state needs to invest in what will help kids the most – smaller class sizes in every grade and competitive pay for school employees.

In contrast, wealthy corporate education reformers want Inslee and the Legislature to pass more misguided policies like tying test scores to evaluations, expanding charter schools and limiting local collective bargaining for school employees. They want to lowball McCleary and shortchange our kids.

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