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Seattle Council PTSA to host meetings on $74 million shortfall for 2017-18 school year
 
Seattle Public Schools faces a significant budget shortfall for next school year- a projected $74 million. This shortfall is 10% of the budget and will impact the entire district including central office supports (maintenance, programs, and services), teaching and learning, educators, school leaders and support staff. The District anticipates being forced to layoff approximately 440 staff positions for next school year, and the process for those “Reductions In Force” will start in about March/April of 2017.

Unless the Legislature takes swift action to restore the ability of our district to use all of the voter-approved levy funds (extends the “levy cliff”) and fully funds compensation for teachers, principals and support staff, for the 2017-18 school year, substantial cuts will be made.
  • Extends the “Levy Cliff” through the end of 2018
  • Commits to full funding of staff compensation for the 2017-18 school year.
The SCPTSA is hosting community budget gap meetings where Seattle Schools staff will explain the budget numbers, and PTA members and the community can collaborate on actions we can take together to motivate the Legislature to act. The meetings are: 
  • Tuesday, December 13, Ballard High School, 6:30 -8 p.m.; 1418 NW 65th St Seattle, WA 98117
  • ThursdayDecember 15, South Shore PreK-8 School, 6:30-8 p.m.; 4800 S Henderson St Seattle, WA 98118
  • TuesdayJanuary 3, Franklin High School, 6:30-8 p.m.; 3013 S Mt Baker Blvd Seattle, WA 98144

You can find more information about the budget shortfall from Seattle Public schools at:  https://www.seattleschools.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=627&pageId=16682292#action

 Andy Jensen, McGilvra PTA Advocacy Chair will attend the Tuesday, Dec 13 meeting, and report back to the McGilvra General PTA at the Wednesday, Dec 14 meeting.
WHAT CAN YOU DO NOW?
1. Contact your representative or email the Governor and thank them for advocating for fully funding K-12 public education.
2. The legislators who have blocked K-12 public education funding live outside of Seattle and are part of the Majority Coalition in the Senate. Contact the three leaders of the Senate Ways and Means Committee to fully fund K-12 public education in Washington State, and abide by the McCleary decision as ordered by the Washington State Supreme Court.
Jim Honeyford, Capital Budget Chair (360) 786-7684
Bruce Dammeier, Vice Chair (360) 786-7648
John Braun, Vice Chair (360) 786-7638

 

 

 


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