Urge the governor and legislature to pass education reform this session!

April 10, 2009 at 4:49 pm Leave a comment

We have 16 days left in the legislative session to pass bold education reforms that will improve outcomes for children and schools in Washington.

Your voice will make the difference.

Lawmakers in Olympia are considering two education reform proposals. The House proposal commits our state to redefining basic education to include the essential programs our children need to succeed and a plan to fully fund it. The Senate proposal delays making a start on education reform until further evaluation by work groups.

It’s up to all of us—parents, educators, and students—to ensure our lawmakers make the right decision on behalf of children this legislative session.

Here’s how to TAKE ACTION:

Communicate to Governor Chris Gregoire that you want the Legislature to send the strongest education reform bill to her desk this legislative session.

Tell Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown and House Speaker Frank Chopp that we want a vote on basic education reform legislation that commits the Legislature to meeting our paramount duty in the State Constitution.

A strong education reform proposal should include:

  • Raising high school graduation requirements to 24 credits to prepare students for college, job training and the workforce;
  • Adding a sixth period in the school day so students can take more math, science and world language classes; and
  • All-day kindergarten and early learning for at-risk children to improve their ability to succeed in school.

Now is the time to redefine basic education tied to a responsible implementation schedule. If we do so, we will be able to hold our state lawmakers and ourselves accountable for providing our children the kind of education they need to succeed in good economic times and in bad times.

Thank you for speaking up on behalf of children and schools.

Lisa Layera Brunkan and Susan McBurney, Fund Our Future Washington
Kelly Munn, League of Education Voters
Shannon Campion, Stand for Children
Laura Bay, Washington State PTA

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