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2015 Legislative Wrap-Up


What a historic ride it has been this legislative session: 176 days, three special sessions, the longest legislative session in Washington's history, and with an additional $1.3 billion added to education spending, the largest education spending increase in 30 years.

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When it comes to making decisions about the future of our schools, we must elect local leaders who will keep children front and center in their policy priorities.  That is why we get involved in elections by endorsing strong candidates for the Tacoma School Board.

We endorse education champions who share our desire for bold change, who will make education their top priority, who can work strategically and effectively, and who will work with the community over the long term to improve outcomes for students in Tacoma. 

Finally, some grand plans that tackle school levies


In mid-April, State Superintendent Randy Dorn, followed by Senate and House lawmakers, unveiled their own grand proposals to address the crux of the Supreme Court’s McCleary ruling: boosting funding for basic education in a reliable and sustainable way.

To do so, lawmakers must tackle the challenge of reducing school districts’ reliance on local levies, while shifting the cost burden to the State.

Ask your Senator to Support the Early Start Act


We just got word that the Senate Ways and Means Committee scheduled a hearing for the Early Start Act on Wednesday at 1:30 pm.

Can you call your Senator before 8 pm tonight and ask them to support the Early Start Act? Dial the toll-free hotline at 1-800-562-6000 and ask to speak to your Senator.

Here's what you need to say when you get your Senator on the line:

Legislative Roll Call: More good news


On Monday, the House Education Committee heard testimony on a bill that threatened to water down Washington’s public charter school law – one of the strongest in the nation.

HB 1971 would have arbitrarily limited the number of public charter schools that could open in a school district with no regard for the size or need of the student body.

Legislative Roll Call: Are we on the same page?


So much good news this week!

We just had our annual Legislative Summit which provided the opportunity for local constituents to hear from public officials and experts about current education policy issues. It was a great event with more than twice as many attendees as last year. People left the Legislative Summit with a better handle on the current policies being discussed in Olympia.

Testimony on the No Child Left Behind Waiver


This week testimony was given before the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee. Below are some highlights of the testimony.

Superintendent Carla Santorno of Tacoma Public Schools highlights the consequences of losing control of the funding with the loss of the waiver.

Cary Evans, Government Affairs Director at Stand for Children, highlights the polling data around the waiver.

Legislative Roll Call: So many acronyms...


LIFO and ESEA and NCLB! Oh my.

We are four weeks into session and hope persists. The Early Start Act (HB 1491) passed out of the House Early Learning and Human Services Committee this week with a vote of 8 to 3. The bill now heads to the House Appropriations Committee where it faces a bigger challenge. We now need our lawmakers to commit to make the investment. 

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.

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: