John Lovick and Katrina Ondracek Support Washington Schools
Lake Stevens classrooms are severely overcrowded. In fact, the district is more than 20% over its capacity. Elementary schools designed to hold 3,100 students are trying to cram in 3,886 students. In Marysville, poor heating systems force kids to wear jackets in class just to stay warm, and in Everett taxpayers had to pass local levies and bonds to address out-of-date and deteriorating facilities. At Hawthorne Elementary, in Everett, the PTA had to independently raise money to replace an unsafe playground where children were repeatedly injured. Our schools clearly aren’t getting the support they need – but as a community, there is something we can do about it.
While the problems are local, the solutions need to start in Olympia. On Nov.8 we have an opportunity to elect candidates who will make education a higher priority. There is a real difference among the four candidates running for State Rep. in the 44th Legislative District. But, John Lovick (D) Pos. 1 and Katrina Ondracek (D) Pos. 2 have both come out in strong support of our schools. Ondracek oversaw financial stability initiatives as Snohomish County’s United Way Executive Vice President, and has pushed for K-3 early learning development programs in the past. She is also currently fighting for “Breakfast After the Bell” implementation for students in Washington state. As a legislator, John Lovick voted for increased funding, and supported a law to extend learning programs and to construct new school facilities. Lovick believes “when we invest in education, we create… the highly educated workers our economy needs.”
You might remember that in 2014, Washington voters approved ballot measure I-1351 to reduce class sizes in public schools. Sadly, the legislature has refused to provide funding for smaller class sizes in all grades. They have also failed to meet the requirements of the state Supreme Court’s decision in McCleary v. State of Washington. The court’s decision says the legislature must provide adequate funding for public education. Since the legislature failed to pass an adequate education spending bill in 2016, they are being fined $100,000 a day – and that comes right out of taxpayer pockets. In a legislative session that will have to finally address these issues, it is absolutely critical that we elect strong, pro-schools candidates.
As we approach Election Day, Support Our Schools hopes you’ll keep a close eye on the issues important to our schools and students. You can learn more about the issues, and candidates like John Lovick and Katrina Ondracek, at supportourschoolswa.org and get updates at Support Our Schools’ Twitter and Facebook pages.
– Support Our Schools
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