12:10-12:50 p.m. in the Rotunda, Legislative Building
Legislators start speaking at 12:15 p.m. Draft lineup
This year we are inside, under the Rotunda for the actual Rally. We are still waiting to hear whether the governor will be joining us, and the legislators schedules change often from day to day. This scheduling is all tentative and subject to change with no notice...
Event Theme: Making the Hard Choices
Basic education reform and funding – four years after HB 2261 and one year after the McCleary ruling.
Question to legislators: Your hopes then (2009) and thoughts now on what the state has to do to meet its constitutional duty to amply educate all children and prepare K-12 graduates for life, work and study in the 21st century
In the Rotunda: Making the Hard Choices
12:10 – PTA opening comments
12:15 – Rep. Pat Sullivan, lead sponsor for HB 2261 in 2009; and House Majority Leader in 2013
12:20 – Senator Rodney Tom, Basic Education Finance Joint Task Force, 2007-2008; and Senate Majority Leader in 2013
12:25 – Rep. Eric Pettigrew, secondary sponsor for HB 2261 in 2009; lead sponsor for controversial reform legislation in 2012; and House Majority Caucus chair in 2013
12:30 – Rep. Ross Hunter, Basic Education Finance Joint Task Force, 2007-2008; roadshow presenter for the funding plan in 2008-2009; chair of House Ways and Means in 2013
12:35 – (tentative) Senator Andy Hill, PTA dad in 2009; chair Senate Ways and Means in 2013
12:40 – closing remarks, PTA and any additional guests
Moderator: Ramona Hattendorf – who re-named the plan “It’s Basic” for PTA members because “The Basic Education Finance Joint Task Force’s Final Report to the State Legislator” just didn’t work. PTA mom in 2008; government relations coordinator for the Washington State PTA in 2013.
The Rotunda event will kick off ongoing education around the budget, revenue and education reform.
Full agenda for the day
10:15-10:45 -- TIME TO FOCUS TRAINING. What to say, who to talk to, where to go. General Administration Auditorium
10:45 to noon – OFFICE VISITS; also optional discussion groups sponsored by Rep. Marcie Maxwell
· Discussion group I: 11-11:30 a.m. in O’Brien 102, briefing room. Topic: McCleary/2261 - what is going to happen with education funding this year?
· Discussion group II: 11:30 a.m. -12 p.m. in O’Brien 102, briefing room. - Closing the Opportunity Gaps - how can policy better support all students
12:10-12:45 p.m. – IN THE ROTUNDA. “Make the hard choices” Reps. Sullivan, Pettigrew and Hunter; Senators Tom and Hill
1-2:30 p.m. (or whenever you choose to leave). OFFICE VISITS, optional information sessions in the GA building, NEWS McCleary update/by Linda Hanson … 2013 WSPTA platform overview /Ramona Hattendorf
WHY MEMBERS ARE GATHERING:
Focus Day is our citizens lobbying day. Washington State PTAs top legislative priority for 2013 is to implement the K-12 reforms essential to meeting the educational needs of students in the 21st century. This includes continuing to phase in 2009’s basic education finance plan (ESHB 2261) to give all students the opportunity to complete a 24-credit diploma, as well as 2010’s system reforms (E2SSB 6696) to address school and school district accountability, educator preparation, teacher and principal evaluations, college and career academic standards, and family and community involvement in schools.