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Washington's first public charter school opens its doors


Washington’s first public charter school opens its doors today, signaling a new era in education for students and parents throughout our state.

At the opening event, it began to rain, which Rep. Eric Pettigrew said was fitting since we are planting seeds and investing in our children.

Located in Seattle, First Place Scholars will serve nearly 100 children from kindergarten through fifth grade this year.

Washington students don’t make the grade for No Child Left Behind


Now that Washington has returned to No Child Left Behind—a broken federal law that hurts students and teachers—any school whose students are not meeting 100% proficiency in reading and math is deemed a failing school.

Test results were released on Wednesday, August 27 and, just like we anticipated, most schools didn’t make the grade.

The Primary Election Results are in...


All but one of the candidates endorsed by Stand for Children made it through the Primary Election!

Here's why that matters: Only the top two candidates in the Primary Election move on to the General Election. So for Stand for Children, that means 23 of our 24 endorsed candidates are one step closer to winning their races!

This is a big win for Washington students. 

The next important date to remember is October 17, 2014 -- the day when ballots for the General Election are mailed out. So mark it on your calendar and remember to vote!

Going Back to No Child Left Behind: What Parents Need to Know


Cinzia Lettieri is an intern at Stand for Children and a recent graduate of the University of Washington's Master of Education in Education Policy program.

Welcome back No Child Left Behind!

Until recently, you’ve been on a nice long vacation from our public schools, but now you’re back!  

Vote for an education champion in the primary


With record low voter turnout across the country, your vote will count more than ever this election.

So take 28 seconds to find which candidate Stand for Children endorsed in your legislative district:

Passing and protecting the College and Career Ready Diploma


Last Thursday, months after the legislature approved the College and Career Ready Diploma, the State Board of Education voted to protect the newly-passed high school diploma from being watered down.

It was a victory for Washington students and a powerful reminder to all education advocates that our work doesn't stop with lawmakers.

Setting up more students for success in Tacoma


Carrying hand-made signs and wearing bright blue shirts, sixteen of our parent members and leaders arrived to the Tacoma School Board meeting on Thursday, June 26.

They were there in support of fully funding Academic Acceleration and expanding access to Pre-Kindergarten for students in Tacoma. 

Stand for Children’s 2014 endorsements


Our goal is to ensure all students are prepared for college. But how do we make that happen?

One of the ways we advance public education in Washington is by endorsing and electing courageous leaders who will stand up for students in Olympia, regardless of their political party.

This year, Stand for Children is endorsing 24 candidates for the state legislature – 12 Democrats and 12 Republicans.

The even split was coincidental, but it reflects the bipartisan nature of the education movement in our state.

What we can learn from Washington's 14 new potential charter school applicants


Washington's first public charter school will open this fall in Seattle, while 7 more will open the following school year.

But before a charter school can ever open its doors, it first has to go through an intensive application process.

And there is certainly no guarantee of approval.

Our most successful year yet


Did you know that Stand for Children launched a family engagement program last year?

Or that we successfully fought to make computer science count towards graduation?

Now you can see these victories and more in our interactive 2013 Annual Report. Thanks to you and other supporters, volunteers and donors, 2013 was our most successful year yet.