Hello SVEA Members,
I hope you will all enjoy a relaxing week next week. Take time to relax and decompress! As we enter Spring break, I have exciting news to share -
At the WEA Representative Assembly in Spokane today, elected WEA delegates, including Snoqualmie Valley members, deliberated and voted to support a Statewide class-size Initiative championed by Class Size Counts, a broad-based, Statewide coalition of community members, educators and business people who know we need to reduce class size in Washington State. The Initiative is based on a prototypical school staffing model created by education experts. (http://classsizecountswa.com)
With the WEA Representative Assembly vote, we are part of a movement to make smaller class sizes happen. We know this is best for kids, and, polling shows us that voters support smaller classes and devoting revenue to make that a reality.
A class size Initiative filed with the State will need voters' signatures to get on the ballot in November.
The good news is, this is VERY doable. If every one of us gathers just 8-10 voter signatures before school is out, Snoqualmie Valley educators will have done our part. Your signature counts, of course, and talking to family, friends and neighbors will get us to 8-10 signatures pretty quickly. And once the word is out, I fully believe that our parent community will be shoulder to shoulder with us on this issue.
You'll hear more from me and SVEA building leaders on how to gather your signatures and when, where and how you should turn them in.
I'm confident SVEA members will do our part in this important effort to get the class size Initiative on the ballot. In the meantime, if you want to help head up our efforts in your school, please send me an email (on your home computer with your home email address only). If you'd like to learn more, go to the Class Size Counts or WEA website.
Imagine not having the 47th worst class sizes in the Nation!
President, Snoqualmie Valley Education Association