***DAILY DO’S – TUESDAY 7AM EDITION***
There was lot's of great action yesterday--more than 6,500 people showed up in Olympia to show their support for education--and countless people volunteered in our communities and marched in the street. But since our elected officials are back on the job after the long weekend, it's time to reach out at every level of government.
1. Today there are two more cabinet nomination hearings. First is Ryan Zinke for Secretary of the Interior. He’s hardly the worst of the bunch, but do we really need someone in charge of our public lands who doesn’t believe in climate change and favors lumber/mining rights. Later this afternoon is Betsy DeVos for Education Secretary (http://to.pbs.org/2iBvKZL) who as you probably recall doesn't believe in public education. Even though her hearing was pushed back a week (thanks to your help) it looks like she still hasn’t turned in all of the necessary paperwork. The nominee spreadsheet (http://bit.ly/2i0a88V) is up to date and has the names, phone numbers, and scripts for all your Senate calling needs. Give our senators and those running the hearings a call and tell them why you think Zinke and/or DeVos shouldn’t be confirmed.
2.Wondering what's new with our state’s education funding situation? To be blunt, Republicans are playing politics with lives of students and the livelihoods of teachers. You will recall that there are two related issues. (1) The levy cliff (Forget what that is? Here's the cheat sheet. Written a year ago, but there's been no change! http://tinyurl.com/z3zgud5) and (2) full funding for ALL Washington schools. Schools are writing their budgets now with the levy cliff looming, and teachers will be getting pink slips if no resolution is found very soon. Republicans are trying to kill legislation to resolve the levy cliff. Why? So that they have the political leverage of impending cuts to force Dems into a less progressive compromise. Let's tell them to knock it off. Here's how.
Call these legislators and tell them to give SB 5023 a hearing (script in comments):
Hans Zeiger (R-LD25), Chair, Senate Education Committee, 360-786-7968
Joe Fain (R-LD47), Vice Chair, Senate Education Committee, 888-786-0598
Ann Rivers (R-LD17), Member, Senate Education Committee, 360-786-7634
"Hi my name is______. I am calling to encourage the Senate to provide a hearing for SB 5023. SB 5023 will delay the levy cliff. Some districts are reliant on levy dollars to fund 24-28% of operational costs- which includes teacher salaries. Districts and principals are in the midst of creating budgets and there is much uncertainty. The timeline and Collective Bargaining Agreements require the district to deliver pink slips to teachers before state funding is known and high poverty schools will suffer the most. The levy cliff is a manufactured crisis that is creating uncertainty in our schools. Please address this issue immediately. Students and teachers should not be at the mercy of politics."
3. Help get a Socially Responsible Banking ordinance on the Seattle City Council's finance committee’s agenda for February 1st. Tim Burgess wants to postpone, but the ordinance needs to be considered NOW because the Dakota Access Pipeline is expected to resume construction once the next administration can give it a green light. This ordinance would put a lot of pressure on Wells Fargo to pull their loans to the DAPL. (Seattle has $3B in Wells Fargo; Wells Fargo has $467M in DAPL - they will feel the difference:)
If you're in Seattle, could you please call Councilmember Burgess - ask he put the ordinance on the Feb 1 agenda
"Hi, my name is ___. [If you live in Seattle, say so]. I support the city divesting from Wells Fargo in order to defund the Dakota Access pipeline.
I'm concerned that the Socially Responsible Banking ordinance hasn't had a hearing yet.
I'm asking that Council Member Burgess put the banking ordinance on the Feb 1 finance committee agenda. Thank you."
Live outside the city of Seattle? Have you checked to see which banks hold your city’s loans?
Katie Anthony is a writer, one of the administrators of Pantsuit Washington, and heads the Daily Do's team.
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