Our fellow PTSA at Loyal Heights Elementary in Crown Hill is inviting any interested families to attend a Q&A on Saturday with Rep. Gael Tarleton:
I am the PTA co-President at Loyal Heights Elementary School. Our community has become increasingly concerned about the state's failure to fully fund education. While property taxes continue to go up, SPS is yet again facing a potential $40mil deficit, and our PTA continues to raise money to support basic education for our kids.
In response to our concerns, we have arranged for Representative Gael Tartleton come speak at our school and answer questions. We would like to invite all the staff and families at your schools to attend this Q&A session.
When: Saturday February 16th at 10am
Where: Loyal Heights Elementary Cafeteria 7735 25th Ave NW
Loyal Heights Elementary PTA co-President
*The school levy ballots are due on Tuesday! With the snow, remember to send it in if you aren't able to drop it off at a ballot box.*
In its January board meeting the QAE PTSA endorsed a yes vote on both of Seattle Public Schools levy requests on the ballot Tuesday, February 12th. All registered voters should have received a ballot in the mail; King County no longer requires a stamp.
For more information, please begin by referring to the Seattle Council PTSA statement on their endorsement of both levies:
There's a discussion this week about education funding and how it impacts Seattle schools:
K-12 Education Funding & the Effects on Seattle Public Schools
Join an in-depth panel discussion on the state funding ,SPS shortfalls and levy restrictions. Plus boundaries, high school science, capacity issues, Lincoln High School and other issues facing our schools and city.
When: Tuesday, Feb. 6th, 7-9pm
Where: Ballard High School Library, 1418 NW 65th St, Seattle
To request childcare email: Northeast@scptsa.org. All are welcome to attend.
Get more information and RSVP:
All are welcome at our Winter QAE PTSA general meeting. It's at the cafeteria on Wednesday, Feb. 8th from 6:30-8 p.m. Childcare will be available in the library. We'll be covering some important topics, with a focus on the future of the Enrichment program at QAE and school funding.
Help Us Brainstorm on Enrichment Classes at QAE
As our Enrichment registrations have significantly increased this year, this creates challenges for running a fulfilling, safe, and fair program on a daily basis. Please join us to discuss our Enrichment successes, hopes, concerns, obstacles, and possibilities for the program. We know enrichment classes are an important part of many families' QAE experience and want to hear your thoughts on how we can have a sustainable program as we plan for next year and beyond.
Legislative Update - School Funding
There's lots going on in the legislative arena, including the QAE PTSA Board of Directors endorsing full funding of education, the "levy cliff", creative approach status, and option school status. Come join us to learn more about these topics and continue the discussion of what we can do about them.
The Levy Cliff: SPS and School Districts statewide are approaching a "levy cliff", an upcoming reduction in how much money school districts can collect through local property tax levies. You may have seen Superintendent Nyland’s letter about it. In SPS the levy cliff is projected to mean a budget shortfall of $74 million dollars and has the potential to translate to 440 staff positions cut across our District and 98 schools. If the levy cliff happens, QAE would face a big reduction to next year's school budget.
What can we do?
1. Call our Legislators of the 36th District and Governor Inslee:
Did you know our Legislators do not get calls and emails in volume over the issue of fully funding public education in Washington State? We must send a respectful message that we care about the issue of fully funding public education and request a levy cliff extension for the 2017-2018 school year. Put it on your calendar to call once a week if possible. Speak from the heart. Pass this information along on FB, Twitter, and to other friends you know in the 36th District. 36th District Contact info:
2. Attend SCPTSA Community Budget Gap Meeting:
Seattle Schools staff will explain the budget numbers. PTA members and the community will have a chance to collaborate on actions we can take together to motivate the Legislature to act.
3. Attend Focus Day in Olympia:
Washington’s Paramount Duty, NAACP, and WEA are co-sponsoring a rally to demand that our state fully fund public education now!
Dr. Martin Luther King Day: Monday January 16, 2017 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Washington State Capital
416 Sid Snyder Ave SW, Olympia, Washington 98504
If you're interested in learning more about the levy cliff situation, check out these articles:
A message from the PTSA's Legislative Team:
Activate! Attend the Candidate Forum at Garfield High School Saturday Oct. 8th. Washington State's Constitution places supervision of the entire K-12 system with the (OSPI) Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. This election cycle there are two strong candidates who will be taking questions from the public at the Candidate Forum on Oct 8th. Your vote for OSPI truly matters to shape the future of education for funding, testing, capacity and many other issues the OSPI will oversee.
Forum details: October 8th at 10am (doors open at 9:30am) Garfield High School (400 23rd Ave. Seattle, WA 98122) for potential carpool information or to write in a question to represent QAE email Christa at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you and QAE rocks!
There are three education issues affecting children and students that will be on your November 4th ballot. Below are some quick links on each item.
Please join us at our PTSA General Membership meeting on Oct. 29th from 7pm-9pm to hear more from both sides.
City and State Voter's Guide Links
Seattle Voter's Guide for Propositions 1A and 1B (Early Learning Programs)
Washington State Voter's Guide for I-1351 (Initiative to Reduce Class Size)
Select Links for Voter Education
Seattle Times - 2014 Ballot Decoder
League of Women Voters - Seattle
Yes on 1351 & No on 1351
Yes on Prop 1A & No on Prop 1A & 1B
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