Posted by Paul Sturm at 10/24/2011
We have an incredible privilege and duty to participate in our political processes. With a levy election for Pullman Public Schools coming in February we will be posting information about the two levy measures that will be on the ballot at http://psd267.schoolwires.net/Page/624.
Beginning November 28, 2011, a special session of the legislature will commence to address the most recent disclosure of state revenue shortfall. Undoubtedly, since school funding is nearly 50% of the state budget, the legislature and governor will be looking for reductions to school funding once again. Then, almost immediately, the legislature will return to the regular legislative session in January when school finance as well as policy issues will be considered.
I encourage you to participate by providing legislators and the governor with your perspectives. Telling your stories (giving concrete examples) about the work you do with students and how funding cuts and policy decisions have impacted and will impact your work with them have been effective when communicating with legislators.
More than ever before public schools are expected to help students reach greater levels of achievement and be prepared for college. We are facing uphill challenges in meeting these increasingly high educational goals for every student. It is important for people who value public education and achievement for every student to participate in the process.