PSE Statement on House Budget Proposal

The House released their 2019-21 operating budget this week.

PSE Government Relations Director Doug Nelson and Jose Mares Dominguez, a Special Education Paraeducator from Othello, provided the following testimony on the budget proposal:

“On behalf of over 30,000 Education Support Professionals, I would like to thank our elected representatives in the House for funding our Western Washington University (WWU) and Central Washington University (CWU) collective bargaining agreements. I would also like to thank them for funding the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) and School Employees Benefits Board (SEBB) agreements, as well as a 2% and 2.1% salary increase for the next two school years,” said PSE President Charlotte Shindler.

“We are now asking members of the House to keep their promise and fully fund four training days per year for paraeducators,” said Shindler. “PSE strongly supports the new revenue sources that will be necessary to fund our contracts and insurance agreements. Our paraeducators deserve access to these training days that will enable them to better meet the needs of their students.”

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