Breaking down barriers across the country

College & Career Readiness, Dual Credit Equity, High School Success, Legislation | 10/01/2019

Libuse Binder
Executive Director, Stand for Children Washington

I am proud to share that the success we’ve achieved for students in Washington state is reverberating across the country.

After our historic legislative win earlier this year that made Washington the first state in the country to implement statewide Academic Acceleration, our efforts were recognized on a national scale last week. As a member of a network of education advocacy organizations, Stand for Children Washington was recognized as achieving the “Game Changer of the Year” in education policy alongside our partners in the High School Success Coalition, Black Education Strategy Roundtable and Washington Roundtable.

The Game Changer of the Year distinction is awarded to a campaign that set a new precedent, offered a leading model, raised the bar for other states, or had other national implications for advancing the work of education advocacy.

We were proud to share the award with advocates at DFER-Colorado and BEST NC, who both passed programs this year that incentivize automatic academic acceleration. While the policy in each state looks different, our mission is the same—reduce historic barriers to advanced course access for historically underrepresented students.

When I accepted the award, I told the room of advocates: “Students rise to our level of expectations, and we as adults need to create those conditions. That belief is at the heart of the legislation that we and other states were able to pass this year. And we’re all committed to not just passing this law, but also figuring out how to do this well and right in states across the country.”

As a winner of this award, we are committed to sharing our insights and knowledge about how we achieved such historic legislation with other organizations like ours.

Please join us in celebration of the students whose progress – now and in the future – has caught the attention of those focused on equity and achievement for every kid in the classroom. And as always, thank you for your attention and support of our work at Stand.


Libuse Binder
Executive Director
Stand for Children Washington

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