This week, you should have received a We 2.0 from us in the mail. Its sole focus is the McCleary decision, and upcoming funding debate in Olympia. I encourage you to read it and hang onto this one as a reference tool.
I wish we could say we timed this issue of We 2.0 to arrive the same week as the Supreme Court reaffirmed that the state has failed to fully fund basic education, but that was just coincidence.
We do know that education funding will be front and center in the 2017 legislative session. It is timely and important to review the court's decision and what it means for our students, our schools and our profession. The election is, finally, just one month away, we need our members -- and our elected officials -- to understand and advocate for a robust interpretation of McCleary that ensures our students receive an amply funded public education.
We have developed a Students Bill of Rights based on McCleary. It includes things like making sure our students get the attention they need to thrive -- from teachers and support staff. It means that students have the tools and time to do the work. It means our students attend safe, uncrowded schools with access to technology for learning and smaller class sizes. It means they have great teachers, ESPs s and support staff who can afford to stay in the profession.
In addition to We 2.0, we have a McCleary funding web page, and of course, OurVoice, our candidate endorsement site and personalized on-line voter guide. Please refer to these resources when your ballot arrives later this month.