After releasing our analysis of the primary results, we thought that explaining our endorsement process in more detail would be helpful. Here’s a little explanation from our government relations team on how we made our Senate and House endorsements.
The League of Education Voters does not have a litmus test of issues a candidate must support in order to garner our endorsement. As an organization that works on issues ranging from early learning through post-secondary options as well as funding it would be nearly impossible to find a candidate that agreed with LEV’s stance on all issues. Instead we look for candidates who meet a range of other criteria including: a commitment to closing the growing achievement/opportunity gap; legislators with influence, vision and proven ability to get things done; ties to their local educational communities; a dedication to continuing to move the ball forward for education. Candidates complete a questionnaire, participate in an interview, and are voted on by our C4 Board based on the above criteria before they are endorsed.
LEV advocates for an educational system in which every child, regardless of race, income level, or physical location receives an education that adequately prepares them from early learning through post-secondary to be ready for career and life. LEV has an entire policy department which researches and reviews all issues that move forward on our organization’s agenda to measure an issue’s ability to improve the education system for Washington’s students. There are no silver bullets to fix what is broken but we believe with bold steps it can be done. Some of these changes include:
- Raising our standards and expectations for kids, teachers and administrators.
- Making kindergarten the next step, not the first step. Educational opportunities begin at birth.
- Preparing kids so they have the opportunity to go to college.
- Adequately funding our schools even in a recession.
- Accountability to know that the system is working. This includes having a data system and proper evaluation of students, teachers and administrators.
- Providing teachers with the support and resources they need to make their students succeed – and the coaching and mentors they need to be more effective.
For an in depth view of the issues we work on please visit our website and click on the “What do we believe” tab. Education affects us all and LEV works to do what we see as best for the kids in the classroom and we look to work with adults who put kids first as well.
*Our board will be considering the gubernatorial decision based on criteria that is still developing.