‘Education Funding Informational’ inspired by Snoqualmie mom’s passion to understand school funding

When Snoqualmie resident Corinne Alef became the Advocacy Chair for the Timber Ridge Elementary PTSA, she said he made it her mission to understand Washington State education funding. As she learned more, she realized the information should be shared  – so that the Snoqualmie Valley community can also be informed.

Corinne said, “It can be so hard to truly get a grasp on what is going on in Olympia and what the representatives we elected are doing. We are all just trying to raise our kids, do our jobs, get dinner on the table, and get a little sleep in between.”

Having done a lot of  leg work to further her passion to understand education funding – including traveling to Olympia last week and meeting with Snoqualmie Valley representatives – Corinne is ready to break down facts and figures AND make a complex situation a little more understandable.

On Tuesday, January 31st from 7:30PM – 8:30PM at Timber Ridge Elementary, the PTSA and Corinne will host an Education Funding Informational. Corinne will break down levies, bonds, the McCleary decision – and what local representatives are doing in Olympia for Snoqualmie Valley kids.  The entire community is invited.

The event is designed to help you understand the 2012 McCleary decision (where Supreme Court ordered the legislature to raise education spending), along with some of the viewpoints and proposed solutions that will allow the legislature to meet McCleary and ‘fully fund’ education.

During the presentation, SVSD funding data will be shared in order to see how it compares locally and nationally. It’s also a chance to learn how proposed legislative solutions would directly affect the Snoqualmie Valley.

Corinne said, “While I am looking forward to this opportunity to share information, I am most looking forward to hearing the questions and thoughts of our community and bringing them back to our representatives.”

After next week’s education funding event, Corinne will meet with Snoqualmie Valley legislators to share comments and questions – so they gain more insight into local issues and/or concerns.

She added, “If we want our legislators to give notice to these issues, they need to hear our voices.”

Any questions about the event can be sent to: tresptsa@gmail.com. For more information visit the Education Funding Informational event page HERE.

The below photo is from the January 16th Education Rally held in Olympia that Corinne and close to 7,000 others attended.

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  • Should a local school district be able to tax and spend as much as it wants on education? How much does Seattle spend per student? How about Bellevue? Tacoma? Mercer Island? Snoqualmie Valley? Washington DC? Just a little pop quiz on school funding. Does spending per student correlate with student performance? Why or why not? What is the most important factor in student performance?

    1. Many of those questions will be addressed and some will be left for each person to decide for themselves with the added knowledge of the facts presented. Thank for sharing! Hope to see you there!

  • Will this be taped and uploaded to YouTube? I’ve got a training that night, but would like to have the information!

    1. There are not plans in place to have the event recorded at his time. I will look into those options. I’m also happy to meet up with some small groups after the event to share the info with those who cannot make it.

  • Thank you Corinne for taking it upon yourself to gain and share knowledge in educational funding! I too became very interested in the discussion surrounding education and state funding during our last bond. I’m looking forward to learning more!

  • Dissemination of the paradigm should begin with WHAT’s being funded, not how. Public schools are not providing an education in the classic sense, they are processing a generation of drones ready to take their place in the corporate oligarchy. Children should be taught HOW to think, not what to think. “Class Dojo”? Why not just tase ’em?

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