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Friends,
There will be hearings on two important bills in Olympia this week. If you cannot make it to Olympia, you can post your comments online at the links in these articles. As you may know, our kids are forced to endure some of the lowest funded most over-crowded schools in the nation. Yet neither Republicans or Democrats have offered any real solutions to the school funding crisis. In addition, Washington state has the worst school construction backlog in the nation. Half of our schools do not even meet the health codes – think Flint Michigan only on a massive scale. A public bank would cut the cost of school construction in half. Please take a few minutes to get informed and let legislators know how you feel about these important issues. Here is a link to our website where you can learn more about these two important issues. https://coalitiontoprotectourpublicschools.org/

Regards,
David Spring M. Ed.


School Funding Hearing Monday February 6 at 3:30 pm
There will be a public hearing on two bills, Senate Bill 5607 and House Bill 1843 – neither of which provides any additional funding for our schools. The legislature repeatedly promised our Supreme Court they would come up with this money by the 2018 school year. What we are now seeing from both political parties are “Bait and Switch” tactics reneging on year after year of empty promises by now presenting hollow proposals which utterly fail our kids and ignore our State Constitution. Here is a link to the Republican Plan, Senate Bill 5607 in case you would like to read it:
http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2017-18/Pdf/Bills/Senate%20Bills/5607-S.pdf


You can read the Democrats plan House Bill 1843 at the following link:
http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2017-18/Pdf/Bills/House%20Bills/1843.pdf


Here is a link where you can submit written comments about this bill:
https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/bill//1843


Here is a link outlining the drawbacks of both plans:
https://coalitiontoprotectourpublicschools.org/latest-news/what-is-a-constitutional-level-of-school-funding-in-washington-state


Public Bank Hearing Tuesday February 7 at 8 am
The bill to establish a public bank, Senate bill 5464, is scheduled for a public hearing in the Senate Committee on Financial Institutions on Tuesday, February 7 2017 at 8:00 am in Olympia. Here is a link to this bill:
http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2017-18/Pdf/Bills/Senate%20Bills/5464.pdf

If you cannot attend this hearing, here is a link to submit comments in favor of this bill:
https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/bill//5464