I attended the Council of Local Presidents meeting this morning. We discussed what has been happening at the legislature. Yesterday at Educator Day on the Hill, Speaker of the House Becky Lockhart came and told the teachers that the 11% cut proposed by the Joint Public Education Appropriations Committee is unnecessary. That is good news to hear.
We need to help parents understand how what is happening at the legislature will impact their children. As you have Parent Teacher Conferences and parents ask questions, encourage them to contact their legislators and ask them to support the governor's budget, which funds 85% of new student growth as well as some other programs.
Teachers are seen as the best source of information on education issues. You can also refer parents to the UEA Under the Dome site for more information on specific bills.