Teachers across Washington will be trying to show that “cuts hurt kids” on Monday, Nov. 28, the first day of the special Legislative session.
The Washington Education Association, and its local union groups, are urging teachers to send a message to legislators and the public that schools can’t take any more cuts. The state Legislature will be tackling the growing state deficit during the special session; proposed cuts from Gov. Chris Gregoire include reducing education spending in some of the few areas available (salaries, funding for property-poor districts, bonuses for National Board Certification and funding to reduce class sizes at lower grades are just a few examples.)
According to page on the Washington Education Association Web site, teachers are being urged to wear red in a show of support for education, as well as write letters and plan events. There will be a rally in Olympia at noon the same day. According to the list of local groups, the Ferndale and Bellingham teacher unions are urging employees to wear red, rather than miss school and travel to Olympia.