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Topic: Electoral & Legislative Work

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

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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.

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

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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.

This is why graduation requirements matter

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

We're counting on you

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Lawmakers have until 5pm today to move on our top priorities -- if you ever thought about calling or emailing your legislator, now is the time

$44 Million for Schools

Governor Inslee stood up to the special interests that would refuse $44 million in flexible federal funds for Washington, forcing closures of preschools and after-school programs. Now we need your help to make sure lawmakers work together to protect that funding.

What a college-ready high school diploma means to kids

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Watch two Tacoma moms, both immigrants, testify before the state legislature on why a college and career ready high school diploma matters to students of color.

If you can't see the video above, click here to watch the clip.

Playing Politics: Is it worth $44 million for schools?

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What's at stake: Preschools, after-school and summer programs, instructional coaching for teachers.

These are some of Washington's most cost-effective learning programs, paid for in part by millions in federal funding for local schools -- funding that was granted to Washington in cooperation with the federal government as part of our waiver from the restrictions of No Child Left Behind.

Freedom from the Restrictions of No Child Left Behind

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Last year, legislators, educators, parents, and community members worked hard to increase funding for public education. But this year, millions of dollars are at risk.

Watch Superintendent Carla Santorno explain the impact of flexible federal funds that Tacoma Schools get as a result of our state waiver from No Child Left Behind.

It's time for a 21st century diploma

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For eight years, Washington students have been waiting for the College and Career Ready Diploma. During that time, over 460,000 students have graduated with an outdated diploma.

Our students can't wait any longer. Sign the petition to pass the College and Career Ready Diploma this year.

2014 Legislative Priorities

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We have two top priorities for legislative session this year: (1) Protect $44 million in federal funds by requiring state test scores as one measure of student growth in teacher evaluations, and (2) approve the College and Career Ready diploma developed by the State Board of Education so that students graduate from high school with the credits they need to get in to college or on to a career path.

Helping kids reach the third grade reading milestone sets them up for success

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“Up to third grade, children learn to read; after third grade, they read to learn.” — State Senator Bruce Dammeier

A student who can't read at grade level by 3rd grade is four times less likely to graduate by age 19.

That means about 40% of our black and Hispanic students are currently at risk. And among white and Asian students, about 20% are not meeting the standard for 3rd grade reading.

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