(March 2014 WSB photo: Governor Inslee walking to school with West Seattle Elementary students)
That photo is from almost exactly three years ago, when Governor Jay Inslee visited West Seattle Elementary in High Point, after walking there with students. Now, he’s planning to visit another public school in our area – Highland Park Elementary, on Monday. We’ve confirmed it with the governor’s office, and also just received a news release from the Washington Education Association, from which this is excerpted:
Gov. Jay Inslee is visiting Highland Park Elementary in Seattle Monday to visit classrooms and discuss his K-12 funding proposal with Seattle educators. …
… “Quality public education is a fundamental right for all students that is enshrined in our state constitution. My budget is the only one that fully funds education, which is not only required by the McCleary decision but is the right thing to do for all students,” Gov. Inslee said. “I am meeting with educators in Seattle for a conversation about student needs and how we can work together to improve education for every child from every background and every ZIP code.”
In addition to visiting classrooms, Gov. Inslee will meet separately with educators at the school to discuss the Supreme Court’s McCleary school funding decision and how state funding affects them and their students.
The Governor’s funding plan makes a major investment in K-12 public schools, including reducing K-3 class sizes further, starting with high-poverty schools such as Highland Park. …
We’ll be there to cover the governor’s visit.