Nicole Bates


Weekly Update: Joint Budget Statement

Feb 22, 2023

At the Board of Education meeting last week, educators, parents, and community supporters spoke up about protecting funding for the EEE program in the Old Mill Cluster. Their advocacy led to the BOE voting against an amendment to the budget that would cut the program! Congratulations to those who testified in person, virtually, and through written comments.

Now that the BOE has passed the proposed budget, it goes to County Executive Steuart Pittman. In order to fully fund the public education budget, revenue increases will be necessary. Together, with union leaders of SAAAAC, AFSCME, and AEL, we released this joint statement sharing our thoughts.

There is widespread public support for increasing educator wages. Now it’s up to us to make sure our salary increases are fully funded!

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