2017 Bond Issue Details:
Recommendations were developed by a Shoreline School District Facilities Committee that consisted of administrators, teachers, parents, and specialists. Over several weeks this spring, the group examined enrollment trends, data on the condition of all school buildings, instructional needs, and school financing. Recent growth in Shoreline has nearly filled elementary schools to capacity, and, with growth expected to continue, the District must accommodate a larger student population. When taking into account a medium enrollment growth trajectory, the Shoreline School District estimates that it would be 11 classrooms short in 2016-2017 and 30 classrooms short in 2017-2018 if it were to try to implement the State’s K-3 class size reductions.
The committee recommended to:
1) Rebuild Kellogg and Einstein Middle Schools;
2) Consolidate the preschool programs at one site, Early Learning Center
3) Rebuild Parkwood Elementary
4) Submit a bond proposal to the Shoreline/Lake Forest Park voters in February 2017.
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Advocacy Update from WA State PTA Legislative Assembly, Olympia WA October 2016.
|The Washington State budget is set every two years and WA State PTA sets its legislative priorities for the biennium based on the same time frame. In October 2016, at WA State PTA Legislative Assembly, the body voted on our platform which consists of 10 priority issues and 3 resolutions. The top 5 issues were ranked and will be the focus for the next biennium. This doesn’t mean that the WA State PTA Legislative Chair and staff won’t bring these issues to the attention of our State Legislators. The top 5 help the State PTA focus energy and resources on these issues that the voting delegation considers a priority.
In the 2017-18 Legislative Biennium, the Washington State PTA will set these 5 issues as their top 5 priorities:
1. Create positive school climates through social emotional learning – In the 2017-18 Legislative Biennium, the Washington State PTA shall initiate and / or support legislation / policies which engage in deliberate efforts to create positive school climates, including those that pertain to Social Emotional Learning within the K-12 education system through development of standards and benchmarks, technical assistance, and guidance with research supported curriculum and instruction techniques.
|3. Closing Opportunity Gaps
In the 2017-18 Legislative Biennium, the Washington State PTA shall support legislation that ensures that public education is available to ALL children in Washington State regardless of zip code, family status, race, and culture or income level. It is not acceptable for there to be a consistent 20-30 percentage point gap in student achievement between students of color and White and many Asian students. Issue statement
4. Standards for Paraeducators
The Washington State PTA shall initiate or support legislation or policies that set statewide standards, training, and career development for para-educators, including training for teachers who have paraeducators assisting in their classrooms, and their principals. Policies shall include minimum employment standards, certification and endorsements. Issue statement
In the 2017-18 Legislative Biennium, the Washington State PTA shall support legislation instituting a “Breakfast After the Bell” program in high needs schools and initiate policies at the district level that encourage early adoption of “Breakfast After the Bell” programs.
“Also Supported” issues remaining on the platform were supported in this order: