Call to Action: Stop Layoffs and Fully Fund Education
Seattle Area PTA Advocacy to Stop Layoffs and Fully Fund Basic Education
Seattle Schools is projecting a shortfall of $74 million for the 2017-18 school year. Unless the Legislature acts swiftly in the 2017 legislative session to both extend the levy cliff and fully fund staff compensation for the 2017-18 school year, our District will be going through the process of eliminating staff positions and other important budget items. The process for cuts is starting now as schools need to have initial budgets for next year in April.
The cuts don’t need to happen if the State does more to fulfill their obligation to the paramount duty for next school year by fully funding compensation by January 1, 2018, instead of waiting until September 1, 2018 as they have promised. You can help your legislators to do the right thing by contacting them about this issue.
See the “Stop Layoffs and Fully Fund Basic Education” flyer for sample messaging and how to contact your Legislators.
Send in a postcard: Print both of these PDFs (on 110 lb. card stock paper) for two postcards per page: Levy Cliff Postcard Art Side and Levy Cliff Postcard Copy. You will want four cards per person to send to three representatives and the Governor. Fill out the “to” and “from” information, add a stamp and send it in!