Advocacy update

Public Forum for Superintendent Finalists

Public Forum for all members of the community to meet the finalists for the next Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools. It will be held on Thursday, March 29 from 5:00-8:15 p.m. at the John Stanford Center Auditorium. It will also be broadcast live on the District’s Channel 26.

This will be the only public forum to meet the three finalists for the position. If you have questions, please email Andy Jensen at legislative@mcgilvrapta.org.  You can also email the school board directly atschoolboard@seattleschools.org.

Want to dig deep into the process? The following blog is from one observer about the full process. Posting this link does not equal Meany PTSA approval or dissent. It is shared only for informational purposes. http://saveseattleschools.blogspot.com/2018/02/seattle-schools-superintendent-search.html

 

Meany's #1 Priority Social and Emotional Learning Bills Passed in the Legislature, Awaiting Governor Inslee's Signature

HB6388 defines and supports paraeducators (any professional working in a school who is not a teacher), and makes educational avenues easier to be a qualified paraeducator. 

SB 1377 addresses the role of a school counselor, a school social worker, and a school psychologist in promoting student achievement and creating a safe learning environment. 

Email Governor Inslee to voice your opinion about whether to pass or veto these bills or call the Governor's Office at 360-902-4111.

 

Meany #2 Priority Amply Funding Basic Education is on the House Floor

SB6362 modifies basic education provisions. Nancy Chamberlain, WA State PTA Legislative Chair says "lots of good stuff we have asked for all session, lots left to do next year."

Click the SB6362 link to comment on this bill to your legislators. Here is the official amendment.

check the WA State PTA Advocacy blog for most recent updates. Friday is the last day of the session.  

 

GUN SAFETY AND VIOLENCE PREVENTION RESOLUTIONS - Next General Meeting

At the next General meeting, the Meany PTSA membership will discuss and vote on the Seattle Council of PTSAs Resolution on Gun Safety and Violence Prevention. Please read and be ready to vote at the next general meeting. 
http://scptsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/SCPTSA-gun-violence-prevention-resolution.pdf

This Resolution addresses:

  • Preventing gun violence in schools including a unanimous stance AGAINST any attempt to arming educators;
  • Student-led actions in response to gun violence and school safety on March 24;

There is also language at the link addressing current gun safety legislation currently in debate in Olympia.