AOC <info <at> allourchildrenwa.org>
2003-04-01 18:36:44 GMT
Schools and Special Services
School districts have once again been
to play local levy roulette with the lives of all our children hanging in
balances. It is remarkable that the citizens of Washington State,
with the antidemocratic and antiquated requirements of the sixty percent
majority, so often manage to muster the support required. All
and their students are not so fortunate. So many come very close, and
to a minority -- who control the majority. These districts stand to lose,
only the levy monies, but the L.E.A. (Local Effort Assistance) revenues
state that come only to those who pass their levies. Local and L.E.A.
revenues routinely amount to 15 to 20% of the total district budget.
All Our Children thanks true
citizens who have embraced the responsibility to give something back to
by investing in our future.
At present, the Washington State
is once again taking up the issue of a balanced budget. As the question of
revenue sources vs. spending cuts is resolved, the needs of our kids and
most vulnerable among us must come first. Every rational and
member of society knows this principle. We act on it in our families
communities each day. It is time for enlightened elected
at all levels to have the wisdom to see our natural priorities and to
courage to act. It is also time for the rest of us to back them up.
After state legislators and the governor
acted, school administrators and board members will grapple with the
headaches of school finance. One in 8 students (12.5% state wide) in
is in the special needs population. Many administrators, board members and
others are under the impression that the special services programs in their
districts run large deficits. Please click on http://www.allourchildrenwa.org/Alerts.htm for a more balanced view of special needs finance. Be certain to
this ALERT MESSAGE to those in your address book who need this vital
William D. Perdue, Ph.D.
Children of Washington