PubliCalendar: Understanding Education Funding

Today's picks for civic nerds.

By Ezra Parter May 29, 2014

The Washington Education Association protests lack of K–12 funding. The ruling should help appease them. Image courtesy Anushka Kandola

For Today

Unpacking McLeary at Town Hall

Confused by the impact of the State Supreme Court's 2012 ruling in McLeary v. State, which determined that the state legislature has failed in its constitutional obligation to fully fund public education? Town Hall and the Washington State Budget and Policy Center are hosting a meeting to explore the effects of the decision, discuss upcoming funding priorities, and come up with ways to educational equity in the state.

The McLeary ruling says the state needs to come up with an additional $3.5 billion to fund basic education by 2018.

Who knows—the state might have to start selling things on Craigslist. We call dibs on George!

Unpacking McLeary at Town Hall, Thu, May 29, 7:30–8:45 pm, Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave, $5.

For Friday 

KEXP Hood-to-Hood Day

Ballard claimed its fifth KEXP Hood-to-Hood annual fundraiser title in nine years last June, and their reward is an all-day party on Friday. 

There will be prime deals at many local businesses, but the real draw is the music, including a live broadcast at Hilliard's Beer Taproom and shows and signings by local artists.

KEXP Hood-to-Hood Day, Fri, May 30, 11 am, multiple Ballard venues, free to attend.

For Saturday

Rally for Bring Back Our Girls

When Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram kidnapped 230 girls from Chibok Government Secondary School on April 15, new agencies generally ignored the story. Thanks to Bring Back Our Girls, a group dedicated to generating awareness of the situation, that has changed.

Wear red and join the rally at Westlake Center Saturday, May 31 to help spread the awareness. You can also find plenty of information on other ways to help on Bring Back Our Girls' Facebook page.

Rally for Bring Back Our Girls, Sat, May 31, 11 am, outside Westlake Center, 400 Pine Street, free

Advance Notice For June 18

Crosscut Community Idea Lab

Local news outlet Crosscut is looking for input from Seattleites on how best to use the tech boom to create a more equitable and engaged society. In this first installment of planned recurring "community problem solving journalism" events, Crosscut has lit the nerd Bat Signal to rally folks with great ideas.

Submit your idea online (scroll to the bottom of the above link) to earn a chance to present it in mid-June before a panel of experts and an audience that will vote to determine the winner.

Crosscut Community Idea Lab, Wed, June 18, 6:30–8 pm, Great Hall at Town Hall, 600 8th Ave, free to submit ideas, $5–$50 to attend.

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