For those of you that are with MP3, you received an email today from Mary Jo Harvey, forwarded through Marti (mmoore). PLEASE take the time to read this! (I have posted it below with contact information.
We are in danger of losing our funding for K-6 kids next fall. MP3 is considered an "ALE" (alternative learning experience). Please, it is urgent to voice your thoughts on this immediately. You can email or call. They will be meeting tomorrow afternoon and Saturday morning, with no public comment time. This section regarding ALE's was added to the proposal just a few hours before it went to committee, leaving no time for us to respond. Sneaky...
Check out what the Evergreen Freedom Foundation has to say about it here. Well said.
The proposed Washington State House Budget, released on February 23rd, seeks to eliminate all funding for K-6 Alternative Learning Experience Programs (ALEs). Parent Partnership Programs like MP3 are legally defined as ALEs.
For the full text of the budget overview, please see the link to the budget overview. http://leap.
Of three proposed budgets (Governor's, Senate's and House’s) only the House Budget contains this provision. All three proposed budgets will be considered and worked through in the coming weeks.
If you have thoughts on the issues, feel free to contact your legislators and congressional representatives to express your opinion.
Kelli Linville (D) Chair (360) 786-7854 - (42nd District, western half of Washington)
Mark Ericks (D) Vice Chair (360) 786-7900
Pat Sullivan (D) Vice Chair (360) 786-7858
Gary Alexander (R) Minority Ranking Member (360) 786-7990
Bruce Dammeier (R) Assistant Ranking Member (360) 786-7948
To share your message with your House representatives, call the legislative hotline at 800-562-6000. You can also speak directly to House members or their Legislative Assistants. You can find their contact information here.