Alliance of Educational Associations (AEA)

AEA is a partnership of educational organizations that provides information and acts as a positive influence on legislation to create the best possible educational system for students in Washington State. We are associations who provide leadership through K–12 support services.


Members

  • Washington Association of Maintenance and Operations Administrators (WAMOA)—Educational Facilities Professionals Providing a Safe, Secure and Healthy Learning Environment for Student Achievement
  • Washington School Nutrition Association (WSNA)—School Nutrition Professionals Supporting Student Learning Through Provision of Healthy School Meals

2018 Legislative Priorities

A strong and stable K–12 public education system is essential to sustain and ensure the quality of life and economic stability for Washington State citizens. Therefore, we urge the legislature to:
  • Comply with Paramount Duty
    Provide ample funding for all K–12 students in implementing the McCleary requirements, as the funding provided in EHB 2242 (2017) is not ample. To fully comply with its constitutional mandate, the 2018 Legislature must address the specific deficiencies in EHB 2242/SSB 5883, including the funding of educator compensation.
  • Ensure Competitive Public School Employee Compensation
    Provide additional funds to support educator compensation, as the current salary enhancement doesn’t fund actual salary costs. Instead, EHB 2242 institutes a one-size-fits-all statewide average salary, with new maximum and minimum limits, which eliminates the equitable system of certificated and classified funding, as classified employees’ state salary allocation is still too low for districts who are currently above the statewide average.
  • Ensure Adequate School Facilities
    Adopt a full 2017–19 capital budget as the first order of business. Changes to the existing School Construction Assistance Formula should be made to meet the increased student housing demand. In addition, support a simple majority vote school bonds, as the need for expanded facilities is imminent. 
  • Expand Available State Resources
    Recognize that the current state budget structure cannot accommodate both necessary increases in K–12 basic education to ensure ample funding for all K–12 students, and sufficient resources for other vital state programs. The 2018 Legislature must enhance state revenues to ensure that it is able to fully comply with its constitutional duty with “regular and dependable” sources of funding and also prevent drastic reductions of other necessary government services, which could impact our K–12 students. 

AEA Board

PAUL HARRIS
AEA Board Chair
President, WAMOA
Tacoma School District

ED AYLESWORTH
Public Policy Legislative Chair, WSNA
Arlington School District

LEEDA BEHA
Meals for Kids Legislative Committee, WSNA 
Bethel School District

KIM ELKINS
Meals for Kids Legislative Committee, WSNA
Mead School District

JEFF FLEURY
Meals for Kids Legislative Committee, WSNA 
Bellevue School District

TOM HARRIS
Past President, WAMOA
Quincy School District

STEVE STORY
Legislative Chair, WAMOA
Tacoma School District

MARINA TANAY
Vice President, WAMOA
Sumner School District

DR. MITCHELL E. DENNING
AEA Consultant
7530 Fair Oaks Rd. SE, Olympia, WA 98513
360.280.1930

Contact Information

Email: Dr. Mitchell E. Denning, AEA Consultant
Phone: 360.280.1930

7530 Fair Oaks Rd. SE
Olympia, WA 98513