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Legislative Roll Call: Early Start Act


We are now three weeks into the legislative session. As I mentioned in last week’s Roll Call, public hearings on the Early Start Act (HB 1491/SB 5452) took place this week in both the State House and Senate early learning policy committees.

Legislative Roll Call: It's only just begun


The legislative session has started! During session I will post weekly updates of how our legislative priorities are faring in the State House and Senate. This is the first in our series of Legislative Roll Calls, which you can sign up for here

Governor Inslee’s budget proposal boosts basic education, early learning spending


Last week, Governor Jay Inslee released his budget proposal for the 2015-17 biennium.

“This budget will accomplish these four things: stronger schools, healthier kids, cleaner air and a fairer tax system,” declared Governor Inslee.

Here are highlights from Governor Inslee’s $2.3 billion education budget proposal:

FiveThirtyEight looks at Washington's class-size initiative and asks, "Was it worth it?"


Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight recently took a look at Washington's class-size initiative.

Their question: Should states spend billions to reduce class sizes?

More specifically, they reviewed the reserach to determine whether class-size reduction is an effective way to improve public education and "whether it can be implemented in a way that justifies the hefty price tag."

For answers, they looked to Florida:

Congratulations to the new graduates of Stand University for Parents!


This fall there were over 60 graduates from Stand University for Parents (Stand UP).

This graduation is a culmination of the dedication of the parents that decided to take this course. Stand UP is a unique, 6-week parent leadership and engagement program designed to help parents lead their child to success from elementary school all the way to college.

What’s on the Menu at Stand UP?


I had the great honor of attending a Stand University for Parents (“Stand UP”) class in Tacoma recently. When I walked into the classroom, I was greeted by 14 enthusiastic parents that were in the middle of a lively discussion.

What are Stand UP classes? Stand UP classes are not your typical parent meetings. Parents who attend Stand UP commit to a free 8-week parent leadership and engagement program where they learn what their kids are being taught in school, how to build relationships with teachers and principals, and how to advocate for their children at all levels.

Where we stand this election


Stand for Children supports policies to ensure that all children, regardless of their background, graduate from high school prepared for and with access to a college education. 

Vote No on Class Size Initiative 1351

We oppose Initiative 1351 because, while it sounds great, this initiative is not fiscally responsible. As the state tries to figure out how to increase education funding, this initiative adds to the burden without a well-thought-out plan.

High court holds a hearing on Washington State's charter school act


“Does the Washington Charter School Act violate the Washington State Constitution?” That was the core legal question before the Washington Supreme Court yesterday.

The State of Washington and other public charter school advocates argued that Initiative 1240, which was approved by voters in 2012, is constitutional and that the law should be upheld.

At Stand, we agree. And here’s why:

Inside Olympia with Dave Powell


Stand for Children Washington’s Executive Director Dave Powell and League of Education Voters’ CEO Chris Korsmo recently sat down with Austin Jenkins to discuss education funding on Inside Olympia .

On the program, Dave discussed Stand's work to Protect School Funding.

New public charter school approved in Spokane with two more likely in Seattle, Sunnyside


The Spokane School Board approved Spokane International Academy this week by a unanimous vote.

The new school, which will open its doors in the fall of 2015, will be Spokane’s second public charter school. It will serve students in kindergarten, first and sixth grade during its opening year. You can read more about the school on their website or in The Spokesman-Review.