Letter: Our duty to educate all children

Jan 24, 2018

Education is a civil right.

Our state Legislature continues to fail in its mandate to fully fund basic education for all Washington State students. As a parent in the Mukilteo School District, I know our district cannot wait on the state to meet its obligations. As a result, there are two school ballot measures before us to vote on Feb. 13.

As a community, we will need to consider whether we will approve an educational program levy and a technology capital projects levy.

As I understand it, the educational programs levy would replace a similar measure that was approved in 2014.

At that time, it was called an educational maintenance and operations levy, which is set to expire at the end of this year.

The new four-year levy we are being asked to approve is one that will be in place from 2019 through 2022, which will fill the gaps for programs and activities that are not funded by the state.

The technological capital projects levy would increase student access to classroom technology and modernize computers used by students and staff. It will modernize classroom presentation technology and also expand fiber optic wireless networks in our schools.

As a parent of a student with disabilities, I know that fully funding basic education is the key to for my son’s access to general education and special education services. My son’s future is also dependent on his access to technology to help him overcome some of his barriers.

As a community member, I know that every student’s success in school is critical to the health, safety and economic well-being of the community I call home. I want every student to have the tools they need to be successful.

Education is a civil right for all students. My son and I have been to Olympia to advocate and we will go again.

Our community doesn’t have time to wait for Washington state to come up with a plan to meet its constitutional obligations but we can come together on Feb. 13 to meet the needs of our students and ensure that they will have the resources to access their education and be successful.

Please consider the levies on the ballot and join me on Feb. 13 to vote.

 

Jen Cole

Mukilteo School District mom

Everett

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