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Ask your Senator to Support the Early Start Act

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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

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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?

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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

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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...

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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

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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

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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:

The Primary Election Results are in...

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All but one of the candidates endorsed by Stand for Children made it through the Primary Election!

Here's why that matters: Only the top two candidates in the Primary Election move on to the General Election. So for Stand for Children, that means 23 of our 24 endorsed candidates are one step closer to winning their races!

This is a big win for Washington students. 

The next important date to remember is October 17, 2014 -- the day when ballots for the General Election are mailed out. So mark it on your calendar and remember to vote!

Vote for an education champion in the primary

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With record low voter turnout across the country, your vote will count more than ever this election.

So take 28 seconds to find which candidate Stand for Children endorsed in your legislative district:

Passing and protecting the College and Career Ready Diploma

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Last Thursday, months after the legislature approved the College and Career Ready Diploma, the State Board of Education voted to protect the newly-passed high school diploma from being watered down.

It was a victory for Washington students and a powerful reminder to all education advocates that our work doesn't stop with lawmakers.

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