Understand the consequences of underfunded K-12 students

Our WA State Legislature— Who needs to know you

Your Legislators are Policymakers For Everyone

We must provide clear direction and majority support to our elected officials to develop the necessary education policy — get to know your legislators, and let them get to know you.

Our elected public officials — Governor, Senators, Representatives — create and determine the laws that our appointed public officers — OSPI Superintendent, SBE, etc — implement into policy with the 295 elected local School Boards and their district administrations.

Links to Your Legislators

Communicating with your government is easy and effective. Email, call or write your elected and public officials - they work for you. Following are links to your WA government individuals:

If you don’t know your Legislative District # or legislator, select the “Find Your District“ tab to look up all the contact info with just a few clicks by your address and zip code.

If you do know your District #2009 List of WA Legislators & Contact Info (an Excel file to open or download) —lists every legislator by Legislative District number, plus their school districts and counties .

More advocacy files for contacting your legislators:

· 2009 WA Legislature Ed Funding Advocacy Database (an Excel file to open or download): This is a complete resource of data on the WA legislature — cross-reference to leadership and committees roles, admin assistants names, office location, school districts, WSPTA Regions, etc. Create mailing lists, an email database, etc.

Explanation of the 2009 EF Advocacy Database File

· Washington Legislature Website (wa.gov)

· WA Olympia Capital Campus Map 2008

· 2009 School Districts per Legislative District per PTA Region

Legislators To Get To Know

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Some people are more engaged advocates than others for education issues. The same goes for our elected legislators—we’ve made two lists:

1)  Legislators to thank now - our fellow education funding advocates, and what they are doing.

 

These public servants in the WA Legislature have been working thoughtfully and diligently to bring improvements to our public education through accountable fiscal policy:

District Representatives

House Speaker Frank Chopp (D-Seattle)

Rep. Glenn Anderson (R-Fall City)

Rep. Don Barlow (D-Spokane)

Rep. Kathy Haigh (D-Shelton)

Rep. Ross Hunter (D-48th, Medina)

Rep. Fred Jarret (D-Mercer Island)

Rep. Ruth Kagi (D-Lake Forest Park)

Rep. Phyllis Kenney (D-Seattle)

Rep. Marko Liias (D-Mukilteo)

Rep. Skip Priest (R-Federal Way)

Rep. Dave Quall (D-Mount Vernon)

Rep. Pat Sullivan (D-Coventon)

Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos (D-Seattle)

Rep. Pat Sullivan (D-Covington)

District Senators

Sen. Lisa Brown (D-Spokane)

Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe (D-Bothell)

Sen. Rodney Tom (D-Medina)

2)  Legislators we are working with to thank later - key influencers & leaders on whom to focus our attention with the real-life stories to ensure their full awareness of priorities.

 

Other public servants in the WA Legislature have been working thoughtfully and diligently to bring many improvements to our state, but perhaps with extra care we can also thoughtfully help to focus their fiscal policy in regards to public education:

District Representatives

District ## - Rep. Name

District ## - Rep. Name

District Senators

District ## - Senator Name

District ## - Senator Name

 

Funding Washington Schools

Helpful Links on School Finance

WA State Ed Finance Reports

WA State 2011 Budget process explained

Two thorough resources explain education funding in WA, and the data on dollars and fiscal statistics:

A Citizen’s Guide to K-12 Public School Finance - 2011

Compare to a previous versions -

A Citizen’s Guide to K-12 Public School Finance - 2009  -  new

A Citizen’s Guide to K-12 Public School Finance - 2008

A Citizen’s Guide to K-12 Public School Finance - 2007

WA-OSPI’s Guide to Organization and Financing of WA Schools

 

WA Tax Comparison—2005 Report

WA Property Tax Guide Report

Citizen Guide to WA State Budget 2008

 

 

 

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The Governor has 5 days, excluding Sundays, to take action on any bill passed by the Legislature, provided adjournment does not occur within those 5 days, in which case the Governor has 20 days to take action, excluding Sundays.

2009 Session Cutoff Calendar

For a detailed daily version of the calendar, please see 2009 Session Cutoff Calendar (PDF 32 KB).

See below for a version of the Calendar describing only the cutoff dates:

January 12, 2009

First Day of Session

February 25, 2009

Last day to read in committee reports in house of origin, except House fiscal committees and Senate Ways & Means and Transportation committees.

March 2, 2009

Last day to read in committee reports from House fiscal committees and Senate Ways & Means and Transportation committees in house of origin.

March 12, 2009

Last day to consider bills in house of origin (5 p.m.).

March 30, 2009

Last day to read in committee reports from opposite house, except House fiscal committees and Senate Ways & Means and Transportation committees.

April 6, 2009

Last day to read in opposite house committee reports from House fiscal committees and Senate Ways & Means and Transportation committees.

April 17, 2009

Last day to consider opposite house bills (5 p.m.) (except initiatives and alternatives to initiatives, budgets and matters necessary to implement budgets, differences between the houses, and matters incident to the interim and closing of the session).*

April 26, 2009

Last day allowed for regular session under state constitution.

* After the 96th day, only initiatives, alternatives to initiatives, budgets and matters necessary to implement budgets, messages pertaining to amendments, differences between the houses, and matters incident to the interim and closing of the session may be considered