We invite you to attend a free 1-hour learning session tonight at 7:00 pm, led by Mary Fertakis, a member of the Washington State Board of Education and 22-year veteran of the Tukwila School Board (a school district that has been called the most ethnically-diverse in the US).
Background: Seattle Public Schools projects a $69M budget deficit for the 2021-22 school year. Rainy day funds can fill just over half that gap, requiring schools to reduce staff and cut services like transportation. Cuts can lead to increased pressure on private fundraisers, a practice that worsens educational inequity. So, how did we get here and what can we do about it?
In this empowering 1-hour discussion, Mary Fertakis will cover the basics of where public school money comes from, the policies that drive funding formulas, and how families can ask for the kind of school district they want. To help participants prepare for this session, Mary provided the following pre-reading materials (click on the links for details):