By Senators McAuliffe, Delvin, Gordon, Roach, McDermott, Haugen, Fairley, Eide, Regala, Tom, McCaslin, Becker, Kauffman, Zarelli, Kilmer, and King

     WHEREAS, Providing all Washington state children a public education is the paramount duty of the state; and
     WHEREAS, It is impossible to provide our children a quality public education if they cannot get to school, if they are hungry during the school day, or if the schools they arrive at are neglected, cold, and unsafe; and
     WHEREAS, Classified employees are the bus drivers who are safely transporting, in sometimes dangerous road conditions, over 474,514 students each day in 9,035 busses over 500,000 miles; the child nutrition employees providing breakfast for 113,518 students and lunches for over 440,000 students each day; the custodian, maintenance, and security employees ensuring that the 2,174 school buildings where our children are receiving their education are functional, warm, clean, and safe; and
     WHEREAS, Classified employees are the secretaries who make sure that all parents, staff, and most importantly all children receive the necessary support and services while at the same time providing love and attention to each student's special needs, even if all that is needed is a Band-Aid, a friendly ear, or a reminder; and
     WHEREAS, Classified employees are the paraeducators who are increasingly depended upon to provide individualized attention to students in the classroom to ensure they meet the higher academic standards, as well as provide such specialized services as nursing and interpreting for deaf and disabled children and students who speak other languages; and
     WHEREAS, Classified employees are normally the first employees called upon when there is a threat to our children's safety and security; and
     WHEREAS, It is necessary to employ over 50,000 classified employees to provide these essential support services to the nearly one million students receiving public education; and
     WHEREAS, Washington state students have had their education significantly enhanced by the services of classified school employees; and
     WHEREAS, Washington state citizens seldom reflect on the critical role classified employees play in providing our children a quality education;
     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Washington State Senate honor classified school employees during Classified School Employee Week, March 8 through 12, 2010, and urge all citizens to join in honoring, recognizing, and respecting the dedication and hard work of all classified school employees; and
     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution be immediately transmitted by the Secretary of the Senate to the Public School Employees of Washington, SEIU Local 1948 and SEIU Local 925.

I, Thomas Hoemann, Secretary of the Senate,
do hereby certify that this is a true and
correct copy of Senate Resolution 8691,
adopted by the Senate
February 23, 2010

Secretary of the Senate