WEA's 2019 Legislative Priorities
Washington Education Association news release, 1/9/19
School funding and student safety are among Washington educators’ top priorities for the 2019 legislative session, which begins Jan. 14.
“WEA members believe students, educators and community members have a fundamental right to be safe at school,” said Kim Mead, president of the Washington Education Association. “All students deserve the individual help, support and resources they need to be successful in the classroom and in the community.
"We urge the Washington Legislature and Gov. Inslee to fund additional counselors, psychologists, nurses, therapists, social workers and other mental health services for all students in every public school.”
WEA members also are calling on legislators to fund the new state health care plan for school employees and to restore local levy flexibility, which would allow school district voters to meet the needs of their community’s students beyond state-funded basic education.
School safety, health care and levies are all directly related to the historic McCleary funding package legislators approved in 2017 and 2018.
WEA is the state’s largest union and represents K-12 certificated educators, higher education faculty members, education support professionals, retired educators and aspiring teachers in more than 375 local unions across Washington.