Retired teachers gather
by Wendy Walsh
Martha Knowles, a retired Home Economics teacher from Bothell, was given an award for becoming the 1,000th member to join the Sno-King Washington State Retired Teachers Association at the group's recent annual picnic.
The retired teachers had an opportunity at the event to meet with candidates from four legislative districts. Concern about legislative issues has been an ongoing agenda for this unit.
The Sno-King Unit draws its membership of 1,022 retired teachers from the Edmonds, Shoreline, and Northshore School districts. It will sponsor a public forum Sept. 19, discussing the pros and cons of Initiatives 173 and 177, which address the structure of public education in Washington.
Initiative 173, the Voucher Initiative, asks voters whether the state should pay "scholarship vouchers" by which K-12 students could receive public funds to attend any public or private school willing to redeem the vouchers.
Initiative 177, the Charter School Initiative, asks voters whether school districts should vote in March, 1997 on allowing independent public schools (IPS), or charter schools, within their districts beginning with the 1997-98 school year.
The forum will be held at the Edmonds School District Administrative center: 20420 68th Ave. W., Lynnwood, at 1:30 p.m. Sno-King Unit president Joanne Dunn emphasized that it is open to all citizens and offers the opportunity to hear both sides of the two initiatives.