Stand for Children Washington is one of the principal organizations in a new, broad coalition of equity and education advocates, parents and community leaders, and the business community announced last week. Stand joined the group to form a single, powerful campaign that reimagines Washington’s education system and creates student-oriented solutions to McCleary v. State of Washington.
In McCleary, the Washington Supreme Court ruled that because the state government is not providing sufficient education funding, it is violating the state’s constitution. Further, the Court found that inadequate funding from the state is leading to inequalities and disparities between wealthy and poor school districts. McCleary is a unique opportunity to reimagine – and bring fairness to – Washington’s public education system.
Launched last week, the Campaign for Student Success invites all Washingtonians to participate in sharing their vision for an education system that prepares every child to be career and college ready. The coalition has pledged to collaborate with Washington legislators and Governor Jay Inslee to ensure that every Washington student receives a quality education. So far, the growing coalition includes the Equity in Education Coalition, Washington Roundtable, League of Education Voters, Stand for Children Washington, Statewide Poverty Action Network, Treehouse, School’s Out Washington, Thrive Washington and the Asian Pacific Islander Coalition.
The Campaign for Student Success is built on three key policy pillars that will shape the conversation about McCleary in Olympia, and serve as the foundation for this unique coalition:
- Funding & Fairness: Sufficient funding must also be equitable and fair, meaning we must support those students who need it most;
- Talent: Educator compensation must be funded with a focus on equity, growing the pipeline of excellent educators and matching them with students who need the most help;
- Accountability: Funding and talent must be accompanied by a robust accountability system that sets clear goals, tracks progress over time, and provides appropriate supports and programs for under-performing schools and struggling students.
Stand Tacoma parent member, Wendy Pantoja Castillo, who spoke at the press conference, told audience members that “It’s important that every Washington student – not just my children – receives a quality education.”
Campaign for Student Success kick off with Wendy on left.
The launch event kicked off the campaign’s open call to the public to participate in shaping our state’s future to ensure that parents, students and community members have a voice in Olympia. The group launched a brand new microsite for Washingtonians to share their ideas to reimagine education.
In the coming months, the Campaign for Student Success will elevate the voices of parents and students through a media and digital campaign and mobilize Washingtonians to its hosted events throughout the state. Like the Campaign for Student Success on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.