We want to move forward, so it’s ‘win or go home’ time for Highly Capable.
Yes, we know this at least the third time in about a week that we are asking you to step up and take action. But that is the way things go in advocacy — long periods of no action followed by periods of intense activity. When (not if, since you will flood the committee with messages) we get through this committee, there will be other committees and then a debate on the floor so we will be asking a lot of you in a short period of time. If we want to move forward in the legislative process, we need everyone involved now.
SB 5922, the Highly Capable Program funding bill, is scheduled for a public hearing before the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Committee on Thursday, February 19 at 8 am.
The Coalition, Northwest Gifted Child Association (NWGCA) and Washington Association of Educators of the Talented and Gifted (WAETAG) as well as others will be testifying before the committee.
We want to flood committee members with messages in favor of this much needed bill in order to influence them to pass it in executive session, which may occur as early as Thursday afternoon.
Our last message asked you to contact committee members. If you haven’t done it before, do it now! If you already have, do it again. Do it today!
Contact the Senators listed below (all of them) and tell them “It is time for the entire Legislature to have a serious conversation about Highly Capable Program funding. Please pass SB 5922 out of committee so the conversation can continue.” If you are resident in the district of a member, tell them that too. Contact them through their e-mails, their office numbers of by calling the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-562-6000.
Legislators tend to ignore identical messages, so please paraphrase our suggestion in order to get your message heard.
Tell your friends to take action. Time is short so prompt action is vital.
Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee
|Litzow, Steve (R)||(360) 786-7641||Steve.Litzow@leg.wa.gov|
|Dammeier, Bruce (R)||(360) 786-7648||Bruce.Dammeier@leg.wa.gov|
|McAuliffe, Rosemary (D)||(360) 786-7600||Rosemary.McAuliffe@leg.wa.gov|
|Billig, Andy (D)||(360) 786-7604||Andy.Billig@leg.wa.gov|
|Fain, Joe (R)||(360) 786-7692||Joe.Fain@leg.wa.gov|
|Hill, Andy (R)||(360) 786-7672||Andy.Hill@leg.wa.gov|
|Mullet, Mark (D)||(360) 786-7608||Mark.Mullet@leg.wa.gov|
|Rivers, Ann (R)||(360) 786-7634||Ann.Rivers@leg.wa.gov|
|Rolfes, Christine (D)||(360) 786-7644||Christine.Rolfes@leg.wa.gov|