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Register Now for Unpacking McCleary at Town Hall

Posted by bens at May 06, 2014 10:25 AM |
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Addressing Equity, Opportunity, and Funding in Washington State's Education System  
Thursday, May 29th at Town Hall Seattle, 7:30 p.m.

School funding and improving educational outcomes for all our kids are some of the most talked about – and contentious – issues in the state, and will be for years to come. 

We have put together a conversation on May 29th at Town Hall with some of the key voices in the debate as we unpack the State Supreme Court’s McCleary decision and what it means for the budget and our kids. In particular, we’ll look at options for better funding education and the importance of addressing equity issues from early learning through college. 

Click here to register now. Tickets are $5.

Joining us for the conversation will be:

  • Rep. Ross Hunter, Chair of the House Appropriations Committee;
  • Shawn Lewis, Education Funding Specialist, Washington Education Association;
  • Sharonne Navas, Director, Equity in Education Coalition;
  • Frank Ordway, Government Relations Director, League of Education Voters;
  • Paola Maranan, Executive Director, Children's Alliance (moderator).

In 2012 the State Supreme Court ruled that the state was failing its paramount constitutional duty of funding basic education and ordered the legislature to increase school funding by 2018. Estimates indicate that the legislature will have to come up with at least $4.5 billion in new education funding to meet the decision. 

Two years later, how much progress has been made? How will the state meet is funding requirements for education while also making other critical investments in the state budget? How can we strengthen the entire educational pipeline to ensure better outcomes for all our kids? What is the opportunity gap and how can we better address it? At the event, we’ll begin to unpack some of these crucial questions.

We hope to see you on Thursday, May 29th at Town Hall Seattle.

Tickets are $5. Click here to register.  

A special thank you to our event co-sponsors: Children’s Alliance, Equity in Education Coalition, League of Education Voters, OneAmerica, Poverty Action Network, Progressive Majority Washington, SEIU 925, SEIU 1199NW, Washington Bus, Washington Community Action Network
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HIGHLIGHTS

Watch the Budget Matters Plenary 

View the Budget Matters 2016 conference plenary panel, "What's at Stake in the 2017-2019 Budget: Funding McCleary and Beyond," on TVW. Moderated by Ann Dornfeld of KUOW with a budget overview by our own Andy Nicholas, the panel features Nathan Gibbs-Bowling, the 2016 Washington State Teacher of the Year; Lew Moore of the Washington Research Council; Roxana Norouzi of OneAmerica; and Sen. Christine Rolfes. The plenary starts after a brief intro by Executive Director Misha Werschkul and an intro video by Gov. Inslee.

Our Legislative Agenda

Our agenda for the 2015-2017 biennium calls for an equitable, sustainable revenue system in addition to state investments that: promote a world-class education system; sustain a strong middle class; produce living-wage jobs, and ensure that all Washingtonians have equal opportunity to get ahead. 

Testimonies in Olympia

We testified in support of a number of important bills during the 2016 legislative session. Take a look:

  • Our testimony (at the 23:23 minute mark) on the House Bill that would take a two-generation approach to preventing poverty 
  • Our testimony (at the 1:54:09 mark) on the House bill focused on aerospace-related tax breaks
  • Our House testimony (at the 9:25 mark) and Senate testimony (at the 1:44:54 mark) on the two-generation approach to poverty prevention bill 

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