Saturday, June 9, 2012

Gubernatorial candidates discuss education plans

Speeches posted on TVW
Both candidates for governor recently shared their visions for education at forums hosted by Excellent Schools Now, a statewide coalition of education advocacy groups, and Our Schools Now, a similar Seattle-based coalition. TVW taped the forums and has posted them on their website. The speeches are similar to those shared with members at the Washington State PTA convention.

You can also read about both candidates’ education platforms here:
Please share with fellow members
As a 501c3, Washington State PTA does not endorse individuals or political parties. But by exercising our right to vote, members are able to give children a voice. It is critical that PTA members learn about the candidates for public office and their positions on issues that are important to children.
About the A+ Washington Plan
In the posted speeches, both candidates refer to A+ Washington, a five-year plan of action drafted by Excellent Schools Now. While Washington State PTA works with Excellent Schools Now on a number of issues – such as basic education finance reform and early learning – we have not endorsed this plan.

We support much of it and look forward to partnering around certain areas. But we had some concerns with action items in the teacher and principal section and had conflicts with action items in the transformative section.
About our advocacy
Our vision is making every child's potential a reality. And our mission is to make PTA a powerful voice for all children; a relevant resource for families and communities; and a strong advocate for the well-being and education of every child.

WSPTA  accomplishes this mission in part by speaking on behalf of children and youth in the schools, in the community, and before governmental bodies and other organizations that make decisions affecting children; and by encouraging parent, teacher, student and community involvement and civic participation.

Our advocacy is knowledge-based and membership driven, and is guided by WSPTA resolutions, long-term legislative principles and short-term platform as well as National PTA positions, National PTA resolutions and PTA's short-term national public policy agenda

-- Ramona Hattendorf, government relations coordinator

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