BOTHELL – Members of the Northshore Education Association (NSEA) Representative Council voted unanimously to participate in a Day of Action on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 to remind the State Legislature that time is running out to create a budget that fully funds public education.
The Legislature is currently in its second special session to come up with a budget. Fully funding quality basic education for all children is Washington’s paramount duty and the State Supreme Court has set a deadline of September 1, 2018 for full funding.
NSEA members will wave signs in three location around Bothell, Kenmore, and Woodinville after school on Tuesday, June 20 with the goal of raising awareness on the Legislature’s inaction. Sign waving will run from 3:30 to 5:30 pm in Canyon Park (corner of 228th and Bothell-Everett Highway), Kenmore (corner of Hwy 522 and 68th), and Woodinville (entrance to business district at ballfield intersection of 131st and 175th). The community is invited to participate.
NSEA Building Representatives also unanimously voted to hold a general membership meeting on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 to determine what actions to take if the Washington Legislature has not passed a state budget that amply funds public schools as required by the Supreme Court’s McCleary decision and/or if the Legislature restrict our right to collectively bargain with the school district.
“Our students have waited long enough. In August, Northshore’s 1900 educators will meet together. We’ll review the Legislature’s progress. If the Legislature hasn’t implemented the Supreme Court’s order for Constitutional funding levels, we’ll examine our options. A strike against the Legislature is one possibility, but we hope that it doesn’t come to that. Please contact your legislators and ask them to fully fund our schools.” said NSEA President, Tim Brittell.
The Northshore Education Association is the professional association and union, affiliated with the Washington Education Association, representing approximately 1,350 certificated teachers and 550 Education Support Professionals (ESPs) in the Northshore School District.