I am the parent of three children in the Lake Washington School District. Two of my children receive additional supports and services to help them learn through our school district’s special education programs. These supports and services are a vital part of their education.
Over the years, through my work as a PTA board member and long-time parent volunteer, I’ve seen firsthand the commitment of our district to ensuring that all students – no matter their background or circumstance – receive a high-quality education. Of course, at times the work can be challenging because the needs of our children are unique. Additional and specialized staff, smaller teacher-student ratios, and research-based therapies and interventions are just some of the ways that our district helps ensure all students can access their education.
These supports require additional funding. State and federal funds help defray these costs, but school districts like Lake Washington have always relied on local levy dollars to help fill gaps in funding not covered by state or federal outlays.
Special education truly is the rising water that lifts all boats. Time and again I’ve seen that when schools are committed to the education of every child, every student benefits – not just the ones who need extra help. As a community, we should all be proud of our district’s commitment to helping all students, and grateful to voters who continue to support local funding of this important need.
This February, voters in Lake Washington will have the opportunity to continue to invest in programs like special education by voting “yes” on propositions 1, 2 and 3. Renewal of the two levies and approval of the bond will help ensure that Lake Washington School District can continue to invest in learning and provide our teachers with the supports they need to do their jobs.