Representing the Washington State PTA (WSPTA) on Monday, February 6, parent Jennifer
Ogle testified in the House Appropriations Committee on the House Democrat (HB 1843) and Senate Republican (SB 5607) education funding plans.
|Parent Testimony from WSPTA |
Member, Jennifer Ogle
After waiting more than three hours to speak, Ogle challenged lawmakers to adopt ample funding solutions that include progressive revenue sources that are sufficient, sustainable and equitable. In addition, she shared WSPTA's position that final solutions must not shift funds from existing programs in the budget, but must consider the education and welfare of the whole child.
Ogle thanked the Governor, the Senate Republicans and House Democrats for coming forward with solutions that recognize that some students need more help, and therefore more money, to be successful. But she cautioned against language that picked winners and losers, and urged lawmakers to adopt a solution where every student, no matter where they live, is a winner.