Edmonds-area teachers planning day of action to oppose education funding cuts

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Members of the Edmonds Education Association announced Monday that they will join with parents, administrators and other education supporters at five major intersections in the Edmonds School District during evening rush hour Nov. 28 to protest additional cuts to education.

“We must all be held accountable. Not just educators, students and parents, but also the elected officials who must respect Washington’s long-standing commitment to education,” said Andi Nofziger-Meadows, President of the Edmonds Education Association. “Members of the Edmonds Education Association will do our part to educate the Legislature and the community of the harmful impact additional cuts will have on our schools and students. ”

Gov. Chris Gregoire on Monday proposed options to raise $835 million in additional revenue to help balance the state budget, including asking voters for a temporary half-cent increase in the state sales tax, according to our online news partner The Seattle Times.

The three-year sales tax hike would bring in close to $494 million annually and be largely used to prevent deeper cuts to higher education and public schools.

Gregoire proposes a public vote in March on the plan, which means the Legislature would need to approve the measure by mid-December. The Legislature convenes a special session on Nov. 28 to deal with a $2 billion budget shortfall. You can read the complete Seattle Times story on the governor’s proposal here.

Edmonds-area educators will be waving signs from 3-5:45 p.m. Nov. 28  at the following intersections in Edmonds: Highway 99 and 220th, and State Route 104 and 9th Avenue South.

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