The Washington State Constitution in Section I of Article 9 says: "It is the paramount duty of the State to make ample provision for the education of all children residing within its borders without distinction or preference on account of race, color, caste, or sex." (1889)
In January 2012, the Washington State Supreme Court in *McCleary et al versus State of Washington* said that the state was not meeting their paramount duty to amply fund education. It gave the state until 2016 to fully comply, but it must show steady progress until then.
The economic realities are that any new education spending will have to be funded with either new tax revenue, substantial cuts in funds for other programs, or a combination of both. These are the tough questions ahead of us that require setting priorities and making hard choices.
That is why policy makers need your input.
Take the survey at http://communityforumsnetwork.org
The Pacific Northwest is known for its pristine landscapes, clean waterways, dense forests, beautiful urban parks and strong local food movement. But it took a lot of individuals dedicating their lifetimes to preserving these spaces.
Find out how we got here, where we are, and what lies ahead in this precious and wonderful documentary video. In a few short minutes you'll learn a lot, you'll laugh, and you may just be inspired to pick up a shovel!
To learn more, please visit http://kingcounty.gov/conservationfutures
There are a ton of local issues that affect you. But if you want to make a difference, where do you start? All the information and opinions out there can be overwhelming. Plus, through all that noise, will your voice really be heard?
Community Forums Network was created to give your voice a platform. Just by walking in the door or logging onto the website, you can help your favorite local charity.
Then dive right in to local issues that matter to you. Learn about the issues in a fun and simple way. Listen to others in an unfiltered dialog. Ask your own questions, voice your own opinions, and truly be heard.
By listening, learning and discussing together in a safe environment, we might come to consensus or uncover out of the box solutions. When we put our heads together, ideas can take root... and grow. The fruits may even continue to blossom. And more or better ideas can sprout over time.
Does that always happen? Of course not.
Sometimes we're so divided there's no clear bridge or seed. Knowing where those divides are can be huge for decision makers.
By participating in the survey and discussions, CFN brings you to the table with local decision makers... so they can hear you.
It's not easy to create change. But you can make a difference. We all can. One voice at a time.
Community Forums Network: Important ideas. Real Talk. Discovering consensus. For more information please visit our website. Let's move forward!
Tested by devastating adversities with the loss of her two children in a car accident, Bobbi Callison – now 78 yrs old – maintains a positive mentality and spice for life, through the aid of her active, healthy lifestyle. Her positive attitude is catching!
1. Overcoming self-consciousness
2. Going beyond your comfort zone
3. Beating failure
4. Facing adversity
5. Finding support in your community