Seattle Public Schools Budget Shortfalls – What can Madison Parents do?
Seattle Schools Superintendent Dr. Nyland has announced a $74 million dollar shortfall in the SPS budget next year, between the state not fully funding education and the looming Levy Cliff. Even if the Legislature meets its obligations to amply fund basic education by September 1, 2018, the levy cliff means many school districts’ budgets will be reduced by millions of dollars from January 1 until September 1, 2018. Overall, the levy cliff threatens about $500 million per year in K-12 funding in Washington’s 295 school districts. These cuts will likely require numerous layoffs.The Washington State PTA and Seattle Council PTSA are encouraging parents and concerned community members to advocate that state legislators both fully fund public education with appropriate new revenue and delay the levy cliff to January 1, 2019.
Become informed – Learn about Governor Inslee’s proposed budget and education plan. Review Dr. Nyland’s editorial post regarding the district’s situation. Browse the Washington State PTA’s page about their priorities. Attend Gatewood PTA’s special PTA meeting, on Monday, January 9th, hosting Heidi Bennett, long time Seattle Council Legislative Rep, who will review McCleary, the Levy Cliff, and the current state of funding.
Actively Advocate – Attend Focus Day , on Monday, January 16th, in Olympia to rally with other PTA’s and talk to legislators about fully funding education. Write or call legislators to let them how you would like them to fund education and ask them for their plan. Continue to monitor the issues and contact legislators.
“Advocacy is not a one day event.” -Duncan Taylor, WSPTA Legislative Director.
We urge families to attend Focus Day in Olympia on January 16th, an exciting opportunity where families can have their voices heard and feel the unity that a rally can bring.
If you are interested in becoming more involved with this issue and/or plan on attending Focus Day, please contact Grace Bennett, Madison PTSA Legislative Representative firstname.lastname@example.org.
Legislative Contacts –
Governor Jay Inslee https://fortress.wa.gov/es/governor/ (360) 902-4111
Senator Sharon Nelson email@example.com
District office (206) 435-7032 Olympia office (360) 786-7667
Representative Eileen Cody firstname.lastname@example.org
District Office (206) 389-2590 Olympia Office: (360) 786-7978
Representative Joe Fitzgibbon email@example.com
District Office (206) 435-7034 Olympia Office (360) 786-7952
Make an appointment with your legislators. Visit app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/ or call the Legislative Information Center (360) 786-7573 for information
Madison Family Directory
11/16 The directory is being compiled and is closed for now. A PDF will be emailed to families that submitted information, the email will hopefully go out Friday, November 18th. If you missed being in the directory this fall, there may be a revised edition in the early spring, you are welcome to include your information now for a later revision. You can fill out the form online here.
Here are more ways to stay informed at Madison:
1. Visit the school’s website by clicking here.
2. Sign up for the school and PTSA newsletter for weekly information regarding
school activities, the PTSA meeting schedule/meeting minutes/activity
updates, fundraising efforts, volunteer opportunities, etc. Add your email to the field on the right side of this page and click submit. You may unsubscribe at any time.
4. Stay connected with Schoology, Seattle Public School’s new learning management system. Teachers may post assignments, messages and calendar items in Schoology, in order to communicate with students and families. It replaces that teacher pages we know as Fusion. You can sign up through your Source account; once you have created an account, you can access Schoology at www.schoology.com/login. If you need help setting up your account, please click here.