Education and Opportunity
Never have public investments in education and opportunity been more essential. A rapidly changing economy and growing inequality of wealth and income demand a public education system that provides all Washingtonians the opportunity to meet their goals.
The state has a fundamental role in providing an excellent education to all. High quality early learning programs can help level the playing field so that all children from different economic and social backgrounds can come to kindergarten ready to learn. A world-class K-12 education system should be available to all students whatever their individual needs or circumstances. Community and technical schools can open up high-paying employment opportunities and gateways to further education. And institutions of higher learning can offer advanced education to all students who want it.
This chapter describes our shared efforts to ensure education and opportunity for all in the state. It includes goals, measurable outcomes, and spotlights on key issues.