*** YOUR DAILY DO'S - 4/3, MORNING EDITION *** Katie Anthony
Good morning Daily Doers of IndiWA! This morning we are going to kick off a week that is all about speaking up for education - yes, we will be calling Olympia to push for full funding of our schools, because we've committed to doing that until the thing is done. #GoLong. But we're also going to step up for trans students and disabled students. We're going to learn a little more about the resegregation of our schools and what we can do to help improve equity of opportunity for all our students, and student loan reform.
It's easy for us to care about education in the abstract, but the system of public education is complex and burdensome and excruciatingly slow to change. It can be a real morale-schlumper for people like us who are trying to help out, and seeing what feel like pathetic results.
To my mind, the way to "unschlump" our morale ("foof it up," if you will) is to keep it close to home and close to our hearts.
It's easy for us to care about our own kids, our neighbors' kids, the kids we see waiting for the bus in the morning or chasing each other on the playground.
Those kids are, in many ways, like the system of education - you have to ask them to clear the table 17 times before they do it, finally, under duress, as you stand over them, unyielding. You have to say "GO TO BED" every 4 minutes between the hours of 8 pm and midnight, before they finally surrender to your will. You have to MEAN IT and STAND BEHIND WHAT YOU SAY. We have to take care of our kids against their will sometimes. But that doesn't mean we give up. We have to do the same thing for our schools.
1. BRING THE THUNDER ON STATE ED FUNDING -
The state has been in contempt of the WA Supreme Court for so long on the McCleary that by tomorrow they will have accumulated $60 Million in Fines. Let's get loud about it. Sign up for the "60 Million in Fines" Thunderclap before tomorrow!
- What's a Thunderclap you ask? I thought you'd never ask. This video explains: https://www.thunderclap.it/howitworks
- Sign up here:
2. HIT THE PHONES -
Washington's Paramount Duty has a great new tool that gives you a script to advocate for full funding of K-12 education that is customized to your specific legislators! All you need to do is put in your address and it will give you a great script and all of your legislators' contact information. Go! Go and call!
- Call your legislator today and ask for full funding (again?) (Yes, again!) (Until it's done!) #GoLong
3. BRING SOME LOVE -
Have you heard of DonorsChoose.org? It's a nonprofit that allows teachers to post projects in their own classrooms and ask the public for the funding they need to complete those projects. It's an amazing way to support public schools until the blessed day when teachers can actually expect to get money they need from the government.
I've picked 4 classrooms in the state of Washington - let's work together as a team and get these teachers the money they need to give our kids the education we want!
- Help Ms. Gonzalez, a preschool teacher in Tukwila, get some bookshelves for her classroom of eager readers: ($238 still needed as of this posting)
- Help Teacher Pearson in Spokane give energetic little ones an outlet for all those wiggles! ($238 ALSO still needed as of this posting)
- Help Mr. Owens, PE teacher at Sylvester Middle School in Burien, build up some basic fitness supplies for his students - resistance bands, medicine balls, and exercise mats. ($330 still needed)
- Help Mr. Jefferson at Rainier Beach HS give his art students the supplies they need to bring their visions to life. ($770 still needed)
LET'S WORK TOGETHER AND FULFILL THESE WISHES!
Comment below with where you donated, the name of your favorite teacher of all time, and why. <3
Katie Anthony is a writer, one of the administrators of Pantsuit Washington, and heads the Daily Do's team.
Liz Bander - writer
Angela Teater- Writer