We got a lot done in Olympia this year – with many thanks to our dedicated parent and community advocates – but there will always be more to do. Although the 2017 McCleary budget made progress, the effort to improve the system so every kid benefits equally is still underway.
After rigorous research into the best and most effective practices to improve student success, we are narrowing in on next year’s priorities:
- College and Career Readiness: In order to improve graduation rates and to support every kid, we are looking into policies such as:
- Academic Acceleration programs (like this one in Spokane) that automatically enroll qualified students, no matter their background, in advanced coursework.
- Early Warning Systems starting in middle school to help track student success and identify those who need support before it’s too late. This is already helping kids in West Seattle and Tacoma.
- Building Early Literacy: In fourth grade, school curriculum shifts to require students to “read to learn,” a pivot which drives some struggling students further behind. Schools need more support to help students, especially in the transition from third to fourth grade.
- Funding the Students, not the System: We want to make sure that new funding secured during the 2017 Education Budget debate actually reaches and benefits the students who need it most.
Washington State is ranked 41st in the country when it comes to high school graduation. We can and will do better. We’re fighting for better schools and a more equitable system.
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With your help we’ll do our best to make Washington schools work for every kid, from the Pacific to the Palouse.