Wenatchee teachers vote to walk out over state funding
Wenatchee teachers have voted to conduct a one-day walkout on Monday,
May 18, to highlight the Washington State Legislature’s continued failure to
amply fund public schools as required by the state Constitution.
They are the first teachers in Eastern Washington to join the rolling
one-day teacher walkouts across Washington. (A complete list is here.)
“Members of the Wenatchee Education Association believe all students
deserve a quality public education, regardless of their ZIP Code,” said Kris
Cameron, president of the Wenatchee Education Association.
Cameron said teachers are protesting budget plans from both the state
House and Senate that fail to fund smaller class sizes for students in every
grade, which is currently required by law. The budgets also fail to fund the
professional and competitive pay and benefits needed to attract and keep caring,
committed and qualified teachers and support staff working with Wenatchee
Cameron emphasized this is not a walkout against the Wenatchee School
“We appreciate the tremendous support our community has shown for our
students and schools,” she said. “The target of this action is the state
Legislature. Thousands of teachers in districts across the state have taken
similar action, and we are proud to join them. “
said teachers are planning multiple activities for May 18, including sign
waving and a community education rally.
Posted on Thu, May 7, 2015
by Wenatchee EA