Washington State PTA to Members: Not Qualified to Talk about Money for Education
So the lessons learned from this past legislative session were not so important to talk about for Mr. Duncan. Unfortunately, there was one key thing that it would behoove all ed groups to understand - bring the kids. It certainly was the tipping point for some Democratic legislators for charter law legislation.
What did he say?
Basically, Mr. Duncan is saying PTSA shouldn't advocate for money for public education for two reasons.
One, all those numbers are too big and complex for parents to understand.
Two, it's not their mission as a group.
He said that for the last 30 years that the issue of full-funding for public ed has been on their list and why was that?
I'll bite; that education keeps costing more money because of mandates from the state and the need for more student supports? Let's look at the PTA website;here's their mission statement:
- a powerful voice for children,
- a relevant resource for families, schools and communities, and
- an advocate for the well-being and education of all children.
- When local levies failed in the 1950s and kindergartens went Seattle Schools Community Forum: Washington State PTA to Members: Not Qualified to Talk about Money for Education: