2010 Legislative Session
Basic Education Funding: Kept the state on track to fund and implement basic education reforms– a compromise plan was adopted to begin funding k-3 class size enhancements, MSOC (maintenance, supplies, operating costs) and transportation in 2013.
Teacher Excellence: Stand was instrumental in protecting BEST (The Beginning Educator Support Team) from funding cuts. Despite the program being removed from the budgets of the Governor, Senate and House and a $2.6 billion shortfall this year; we successfully worked with key senators and representatives to continue funding BEST.
Washington Race to the Top: Our efforts strengthened legislation to help Washington compete for $250 million in federal Race to the Top funds. While we would have preferred a bold leap, this legislation was certainly a large step forward for education reforms that will improve the State’s ability to turn around our lowest performing schools, improve the use of our longitudinal data system in decision making, support teachers and principals in being highly effective, and adopt Common Core standards.