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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.

Setting up more students for success in Tacoma

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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

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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.

What we can learn from Washington's 14 new potential charter school applicants

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Washington's first public charter school will open this fall in Seattle, while 7 more will open the following school year.

But before a charter school can ever open its doors, it first has to go through an intensive application process.

And there is certainly no guarantee of approval.

Our most successful year yet

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Did you know that Stand for Children launched a family engagement program last year?

Or that we successfully fought to make computer science count towards graduation?

Now you can see these victories and more in our interactive 2013 Annual Report. Thanks to you and other supporters, volunteers and donors, 2013 was our most successful year yet.

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

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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:

Seattle’s Ambitious Plan for Universal Pre-Kindergarten

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Last week Mayor Ed Murray revealed his plan for Universal Pre-Kindergarten in Seattle. The Action Plan gave Seattleites their first view of what this program could look like for the city.

The plan also documented the city’s need: as many as 30% of Seattle’s three and four year olds come from families who do not have the financial means to pay for a preschool program and even more may be enrolled in programs whose quality is questionable.

Washington charter school advocates gather for first conference

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Last week, I attended the first annual Washington State Charter Schools Association Conference along with 370 educators, parents, community leaders, policy-makers and advocates to discuss how to create high-quality public charter schools in our state.

Notably, this was the first time that public charter school champions gathered together since the historic passage of Initiative 1240, which made possible the creation of public charter schools in Washington.

Dr. John Deasy at the Changing the Odds lunch

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You can now watch the entirety of Dr. John Deasy's inspirational speech from our Changing the Odds lunch.

You can read more about the event on the Seattle Times' Education Lab blog.

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