Flanked by leaders from the Washington State PTA and the Washington Education Association, Governor Jay Inslee released his proposed 2018 supplemental budget Thursday morning. Also invited to speak at the press conference was Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal. Hear WSPTA President Michelle Nims’ speech, as she represents over 133,000 members, and the details about the Governor’s budget here: https://www.tvw.org/watch/?eventID=2017121036
Michelle was welcomed to the podium by Governor Inslee and presented the following remarks:
I am honored to be here representing the members of the Washington State Parent Teachers Association.
At 112 years old, Washington State PTA is a non-partisan association. We are the oldest and largest grassroots association focused on advocacy for the whole child in the state. We represent the voices of over 133,000 members throughout the state of Washington.
In delivering our mission for the whole child, we focus on education, family and community engagement, safety, and the health and well-being of every child. We do this through our advocacy, programs, and leadership development and training.
Additionally, we collaborate with other coalitions and community groups throughout Washington State. We know that partnering with these groups will help us ensure that our vision of “Making every child’s potential a reality,” continues to be our legacy for all children.
Our members are optimistic that both the Governor and the Washington State Legislature will amply fund basic education based on the promise made to the children of Washington State by the McCleary decision.
We believe, as brought forward and voted on by our members, that funding solutions must include revenue sources that are sufficient, sustainable, and equitable and that solutions must not cut services that support the whole child, or rely on redistribution of existing education funds.
Amply funding basic education is one of our top five priority issues and has been on our platform for many years. We know there will still be challenges to come but we will continue to be involved in the conversation and active in speaking up for every child.
Washington State PTA looks forward to continuing our outstanding working relationship with all who are champions for Washington’s children.