March to your local legislative town hall
March is when many Washington legislators hold town hall meetings – a great chance for WEA members to meet their lawmakers and to support our legislative priorities.
WEA President Kim Mead encourages educators to attend.
“Legislators need to hear from professional educators,” Mead said. “They need to know how their decisions in OIympia affect our students.”
Many of WEA’s 2019 priorities remain in play:
- Restoring levy flexibility to meet student needs. (Click here to email your legislators to support this important legislation.)
- Funding for additional counselors, social workers, nurses and other who support students.
- De-linking high school tests from graduation.
- Funding for the new K-12 health care system.
- Increased funding for higher education, including community and technical college faculty compensation.
If you attend your local town hall meeting, be sure to use WEA’s 2019 Legislative Priorities document as a guide to the issues.
Some important school issues aren’t faring as well in the Legislature. On March 12, Democrats in the state Senate voted for the simple majority for school construction bonds, but with no support from Republicans, the measure failed to get the two-thirds supermajority needed to pass.
State Rep. Monica Stonier -- a WEA member -- shares tips for how to talk to legislators: