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School suspension and expulsion data raises serious questions


This week, nonprofit Washington Appleseed released a preliminary analysis of discipline data in nine school districts: Bellevue, Edmonds, Federal Way, Marysville, Olympia, Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma and Yakima. The full report, once complete, will examine patterns among the nearly 50,000 students suspended or expelled in the 2012-13 school year.

Measuring Stand for Children's impact in Tacoma: 2014 Levies Campaign


In 2014, Stand for Children joined the Tacoma Public Schools campaign to replace two expiring levies adding up to about $96 million. We mobilized our parent members to volunteer and spread the word! Here’s what we accomplished together.

Washington State Charter Schools Association to host first conference


Interested in learning more about public charter schools in Washington? Then you'll definitely want to check out the First Annual WA Charters Conference on May 8 - 9, 2014.

Here's the run-down:

We are at a critical time for public education in Washington.  With the recent passage of Initiative 1240 and the subsequent approval of eight schools, we must come together to support the development of high quality public charter school sector for students in our state.

Academic Acceleration in action


Last year, Stand for Children members in Tacoma helped lead the charge for Academic Acceleration—a program that automatically enrolls qualified students in advanced classes. Now we get to see it in action.

"Tacoma to offer more classes for gifted students," read the headline of the Tacoma New Tribune on Tuesday, April 8. The article outlines how Academic Acceleration is challenging the traditional stereotypes and dynamics of highly capable programs:

Governor Inlsee signs College and Career Ready Diploma into law


We did it! I just watched Governor Inslee sign the College and Career Ready Diploma into law—something Washington parents have been fighting for since 2006.

The new diploma better prepares Washington graduates for life after high school with extra credits in art, science, world language or career and technical education.

This is an exciting victory for Washington students—and for Stand for Children supporters who have been advocating for a new diploma for 8 years.

3 Actions to Improve Schools


“To really change the life of youth, you have to work in public schooling.” – Dr. John Deasy, Superintendent, Los Angeles Unified School District

Dr. John Deasy sees public education as an integral part of the civil rights movement, but now instead of a cup of coffee at a lunch counter, our youth have to fight for a meaningful diploma.

Parents: State Testing Starts This Week


From March 25 through June 6, 2014, select school districts in Washington will be piloting new tests that are a better measure of student learning in math, reading and writing.

Common Core

Since Washington adopted the Common Core learning standards in 2011, our state along with 23 other states, which are part of the Smarter Balanced consortium, developed new Common Core-aligned tests to help measure students' knowledge, understanding and skills.

138 lawmakers get their own "diplomas" for passing the College and Career Ready Diploma


As a "thank you" to the 138 legislators who supported the new College and Career Ready Diploma for Washington high school graduates, the Excellent Schools Now coalition delivered personalized "diplomas" for each lawmaker to take home.

Last Wednesday, lawmakers approved the College and Career Ready Diploma -- a new high school diploma designed to better prepare students for college and career -- in overwhelming, bipartisan fashion.

2014 Legislative Wrap-Up: Education Wins and Woes for Washington students


It’s a miracle. In 60 days, we finished the 2014 legislative session on time and with some incredible wins for kids.

Since we had such a short session, we focused on two important legislative priorities for 2014: green lighting the College and Career Ready Diploma and protecting nearly $44 million dollars in flexible federal funds for local schools.

Before we give you a rundown of what happened this session, we want to thank all of our members, partners and allies for all of their hard work and support.

This is why graduation requirements matter


We received this note from Don W. in the South Sound. This is why we do what we do.