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2015 Legislative Priorities

Our motto this legislative session is one you've heard before: If not now, when? But with education taking center stage this legislative session, Washington has a unique opportunity to make real and lasting changes to ensure our students succeed. 

The issues include questions around funding, student growth and excellence, early education and student achievement. You can view and download a PDF of our 2015 Legislative Priorities here.

Funding 

Ensure education funding in Washington State supports effective policiesthat favor student outcomes, equity and transparency.

  • Ensure that investments support education system improvements which produce positive academic outcomesfor students, such as early learning and full-day kindergarten.
  • Advocate for school funding to be allocated based on local need to close achievement and opportunity gaps,especially for our most high-need, high-poverty schools.
  • Empower parents, community members, educators, and lawmakers to understand local school spending andidentify if investments are producing outcomes for students.
  • Fund an aligned system that provides access to high-quality pre-K, K-12 and affordable higher education.

Growth & Excellence 

Ensure education funding in Washington State supports effective policiesthat favor student outcomes, equity and transparency.

  • Restore Washington State’s waiver from No Child Left Behind and regain local control over nearly $40 millionfor low-income students by including student scores on state tests as one measure of many in teacherperformance evaluations.

Early Learning 

Increase access to high-quality early learning programs for children inWashington State, particularly for those in low-income areas.

  • Pass the Early Start Act to sustain and grow Early Achievers, a high-quality early childhood system that makesit easy for parents to make informed decision’s about their child’s early education.

  • Expand Washington’s high-quality pre-K program for at-risk three- and four-year olds, the Early ChildhoodEducation and Assistance Program (ECEAP).

ACHIEVEMENT 

Support policies that close the achievement gap and increase students’college and career readiness.

  • Support the implementation of Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, SmarterBalanced exams and Academic Acceleration.

  • Maintain and strengthen Washington’s Charter School Act to provide families with more high-quality publicschool options, which can meet the needs of their children.



 


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