Our statewide field director and resident of Sammamish, Kelly Munn, got an op-ed published in her local newspaper.
The op-ed, Defining basic education, is about the potential impacts to children and schools from the proposed budget cuts. And, the need to redefine basic education to include what every child needs to succeed in college, job training, work and life.
Kelly is also quoted in the paper’s top story about schools bracing for layoffs. Here’s an excerpt:
Teacher layoffs would lower the quality of education provided by local schools, according to League of Education Voters State Field Director, and Sammamish parent, Kelly Munn.
“If we had redefined what constitutes ‘basic education’ two years ago, we wouldn’t be in this position,” she said. “We would have protected core education services, and put it in the statute to guarantee certain levels of funding.”
Munn said that they were expecting between 60 and 80 teachers would lose their jobs in Issaquah, with that number dependent on the amount of federal stimulus money that will be made available to offset the cuts.