Register Now for Unpacking McCleary at Town Hall
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.
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.