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Topic: Electoral & Legislative Work

Passing and protecting the College and Career Ready Diploma


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.

Setting up more students for success in Tacoma


Carrying hand-made signs and wearing bright blue shirts, sixteen of our parent members and leaders arrived to the Tacoma School Board meeting on Thursday, June 26.

They were there in support of fully funding Academic Acceleration and expanding access to Pre-Kindergarten for students in Tacoma. 

Stand for Children’s 2014 endorsements


Our goal is to ensure all students are prepared for college. But how do we make that happen?

One of the ways we advance public education in Washington is by endorsing and electing courageous leaders who will stand up for students in Olympia, regardless of their political party.

This year, Stand for Children is endorsing 24 candidates for the state legislature – 12 Democrats and 12 Republicans.

The even split was coincidental, but it reflects the bipartisan nature of the education movement in our state.

Public hearing on Universal Pre-K in Seattle set for Thursday


The Seattle City Council is considering an ambitious plan to make our city one of the few in the nation to offer universal pre-kindergarten.

Research confirms what many parents already know: pre-k is one of the best investments a community can make in its future. Yet as many as 1 in 3 Seattle three and four-year-olds come from families who don't have the financial means to pay for it.

That's why we're asking you to show your support for universal pre-k at the public hearing this week. Here are the details:

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


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


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


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

We're counting on you


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


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?


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.