June 9, 2017 Policy Brief

Key Dates

Economic forecast was released on Wednesday and reports that state revenue collections since March were $44.4 million or 1.6% over expectations. The next revenue forecast will be released June 20th.

June 20: Revenue Forcast

June 30: Budget or Continuing Resolution for 2017-2019 must be adopted

July 7: Initiative Filing Deadline


Key Numbers

  • December 2018 – the month by which states must begin annual releases of school-level spending data in compliance with the federal Every Student Succeds Act.

  • 26% of Washington State high school graduates who earned a bachelor’s degree six years after graduation, for the high school class of 2007.


Social Media Chatter

In partnership with the Office of the Governor, Washington STEM, the Workforce Board, WSU Extension, and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the team traveled across Washington to explore Career Connected Learning. Business, community, and education leaders are collaborating throughout the state to create pathways and opportunities for students through a continuum of real-world, workplace experiences. Hear from them, and from students, in this new video.

#CareerConnectedLearning, from awareness to apprenticeships, offers tangible pathways to future. @washingtonstem https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_TsXqsnKFs

What We're Reading

Big news in tiny Onalaska, Washington: All 43 grads were accepted to college
“At Onalaska, teachers Kaylene Kenny and Tom Phimister offer a sixth-period “Senior Success” class that meets for 50 minutes a day, all year long. All the school’s seniors must take that class, where they write college essays, apply for scholarships and fill out financial-aid forms — activities most students in the state do at home.”

School Finance is Coming Out of the Dark Ages
“A sleeper provision in the Every Student Succeeds Act—come December 2018—will serve up a motherlode of never-before-available school-level financial data. If we seize the unprecedented opportunity this data offers, we will be better equipped to tackle some of education’s most pressing issues—like the need for greater equity and productivity—and help schools across the country do better for their students.”

Yes, you can text this number to find free summer meals for hungry kids
“More than half of U.S. public school students now qualify for free and reduced-price lunches, a common marker of poverty for schools. But child nutrition advocates have said some families who could benefit from the summer food program don't know about it.”

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