Legislative advocacy is at the core of PTA purpose. Our collective voice, specifically in the Issaquah School District, makes a difference to the lawmakers in the state of Washington. You make a difference in the future for our children by becoming a PTA member, voting in elections, sending a letter to your congress people letting them know you would like education fully funded, and if the spirit moves you we have room for you at this fall’s legislative assembly–let your voice be heard!

“IT IS THE PARAMOUNT DUTY OF THE STATE TO MAKE AMPLE PROVISION FOR THE EDUCATION OF ALL CHILDREN RESIDING WITHIN ITS BORDERS…”
-Washington State Constitution, Article IX, section1

 

Vote for Issaquah Schools: http://www.visvote.org/

 

What is the McCleary Decision?

The McCleary decision is a Supreme Court ruling which states that the K-12 funding is so low that it is unconstitutional, and “has failed to adequately fund the ‘education’ required by Article IX, section 1.” The State Supreme court also clarified the meaning of the constitution in their ruling.

  • paramount duty means “the State must amply provide for the education of all Washington children as the State’s first and highest priority before any other State      programs or operations.
  • Ample provision means “considerably more than just adequate”
  • All children means “each and every child” in Washington – “No child is  excluded”
  • Education means “the  basic knowledge and skills needed to compete in today’s economy and  meaningfully participate in the state’s democracy”

Source: www.waschoolexcellence.org