The Ferndale Education Association (FEA) announced last night that they would be participating in the Washington Education Association’s (WEA) rolling walk outs.
The FEA announcement stated,
Help legislators understand. It’s time to support teachers, specialists, school employees, and KIDS. It’s TIME to fund schools, reduce class size, and STOP high stakes state testing.
It’s TIME to stop blaming the people who actually give our students ALL WE’VE GOT, EVERY DAY—unlike those found in Contempt of Court—our WA State Legislators!
In response this morning, Friday, April 17th, The Ferndale School District announced that school would be canceled for the day of the planned walkout, Friday, April 24th given the FEA’s decision.
The School District’s announcement stated,
Ferndale Education Association (teachers’ union) voted on Thursday, April 16, to join in a statewide protest of lawmakers in Olympia for their failure to comply with the law and Supreme Court decision requiring them to provide ample funding for K-12 education. As such, teachers will not come to work on Friday, April 24.
A makeup day is planned for Friday, June 12th.
The Washington State Legislature is still in session and no final decisions on school funding have been made as the session isn’t scheduled to end until April 26th. Education funding has been a primary focus this session given recent court decisions have mandated Washington State adhere to its own school funding requirements, something that it has not been doing.
In Whatcom County, the walk out is limited to the Bellingham, Ferndale and Blaine school districts. The other school districts voted not to participate. In total, 8 school districts across the state are set to participate in the walk out on Friday. The remaining 287 school districts will be holding class.