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Congratulations to the new graduates of Stand University for Parents!


This fall there were over 60 graduates from Stand University for Parents (Stand UP).

This graduation is a culmination of the dedication of the parents that decided to take this course. Stand UP is a unique, 6-week parent leadership and engagement program designed to help parents lead their child to success from elementary school all the way to college.

What’s on the Menu at Stand UP?


I had the great honor of attending a Stand University for Parents (“Stand UP”) class in Tacoma recently. When I walked into the classroom, I was greeted by 14 enthusiastic parents that were in the middle of a lively discussion.

What are Stand UP classes? Stand UP classes are not your typical parent meetings. Parents who attend Stand UP commit to a free 8-week parent leadership and engagement program where they learn what their kids are being taught in school, how to build relationships with teachers and principals, and how to advocate for their children at all levels.

Where we stand this election


Stand for Children supports policies to ensure that all children, regardless of their background, graduate from high school prepared for and with access to a college education. 

Vote No on Class Size Initiative 1351

We oppose Initiative 1351 because, while it sounds great, this initiative is not fiscally responsible. As the state tries to figure out how to increase education funding, this initiative adds to the burden without a well-thought-out plan.

High court holds a hearing on Washington State's charter school act


“Does the Washington Charter School Act violate the Washington State Constitution?” That was the core legal question before the Washington Supreme Court yesterday.

The State of Washington and other public charter school advocates argued that Initiative 1240, which was approved by voters in 2012, is constitutional and that the law should be upheld.

At Stand, we agree. And here’s why:

Inside Olympia with Dave Powell


Stand for Children Washington’s Executive Director Dave Powell and League of Education Voters’ CEO Chris Korsmo recently sat down with Austin Jenkins to discuss education funding on Inside Olympia .

On the program, Dave discussed Stand's work to Protect School Funding.

New public charter school approved in Spokane with two more likely in Seattle, Sunnyside


The Spokane School Board approved Spokane International Academy this week by a unanimous vote.

The new school, which will open its doors in the fall of 2015, will be Spokane’s second public charter school. It will serve students in kindergarten, first and sixth grade during its opening year. You can read more about the school on their website or in The Spokesman-Review.

Stand University for Parents in the news


Stand for Children Tacoma Director Liesl Santkuyl recently attended the "Symposium on our Youngest Citizens," an event to make Tacoma more child-centered, and was quoted in the Tacoma News Tribune.

Mayor Marilyn Strickland made the point that a community that supports children necessarily must support parents. One local nonprofit is focusing on the parent part of the equation.

Washington's first public charter school opens its doors


Washington’s first public charter school opens its doors today, signaling a new era in education for students and parents throughout our state.

At the opening event, it began to rain, which Rep. Eric Pettigrew said was fitting since we are planting seeds and investing in our children.

Located in Seattle, First Place Scholars will serve nearly 100 children from kindergarten through fifth grade this year.

Washington students don’t make the grade for No Child Left Behind


Now that Washington has returned to No Child Left Behind—a broken federal law that hurts students and teachers—any school whose students are not meeting 100% proficiency in reading and math is deemed a failing school.

Test results were released on Wednesday, August 27 and, just like we anticipated, most schools didn’t make the grade.

The Primary Election Results are in...


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!