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FIELD TRIP TO RODNEY TOM’S NEIGHBORHOOD

posted Mar 20, 2013, 11:45 AM by Joseph Vellegas

FIELD TRIP TO RODNEY TOM’S NEIGHBORHOOD

Last Saturday, March 9th, more than 170 educators, parents and students visited Sen. Rodney Tom’s legislative district Saturday to share a simple message: Every child has the right to a quality education! Educators from Bellingham to Tacoma went door to door talking with pro-education voters about Tom’s refusal to increase school funding and his failure to reduce overcrowded class sizes.

“It was awesome,” said Pam Fuelling, an Everett teacher. “Every single person was so positive. They all agreed with us!”

Tom, the state Senate Majority Caucus Leader, controls the state senate. And despite his previous promises and commitments to increase school funding – and despite the Supreme Court’s McCleary decision – Tom refuses to give our students the support they need and the constitution says they deserve.

Other educators stood on all four corners of the busiest intersection in downtown Bellevue, holding signs that read, “Tell Rodney Tom: Every child deserves a quality education!”

Dressed in red, the WEA Labor Chorus performed outside Sen. Tom’s favorite coffee shop and then took their show to a prominent Bellevue shopping mall. A particularly popular tune called out Tom for his failure to fund public education. (You can find photos and a short video of the chorus on the OurVoiceWEA Facebook page.)

Two WEA members doorbelled Sen. Tom’s Medina mansion, where the senator defended his belief that additional “reform” is more important than adequate funding or smaller class sizes.

 

Thank you to all of you who came out on Saturday and thank you for your efforts to encourage members to participate! A list of attendees will be sent to the Level V staff of the councils that participated.

ONLINE PETITION

An online petition to tell Rodney Tom and other lawmakers to fund public schools and reduce class size is now available. Members can find the petition by going to www.ourvoicewashingtonea.org and the public can learn more about the McCleary decision, contact their legislators, and sign the petition by going towww.paramountduty.org. The petition went live on Friday, March 8th and there are already almost 750 signatures. Please make sure you sign the petition and encourage members, friends and family to sign as well. We hope to present the petition on April 9, the coordinated lobby day mentioned below.

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