Archive for May, 2014

Searching for community in the era of choice

Sam ChaltainPlease join us on Monday, May 19, at 7:00 p.m., for a public reading by Sam Chaltain from his book, Our School: Searching for Community in the Era of Choice. The book documents a year in the life of two schools in the nation’s capital—one a new charter school just opening its doors, the other a neighborhood school that first opened in 1924.

In a recent interview about the book, Sam said that his book does not compare traditional and charter public schools. “It’s a false choice because they’re so different. But what’s become clear to me is that each sector most needs the other’s strength.” (more…)

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Andaiye Qaasim: A Strong Voice for Equity in Education

Andaiye QaasimAndaiye Qaasim joined the League of Education Voters (LEV) in 2011 as a community organizer. Her last day at LEV is today. She is taking a position as Assistant Director of the South King County College Access Network.

In her time in LEV’s Field department, Andaiye worked in South King County. LEV State Field Director Kelly Munn describes Andaiye as “bringing an enthusiasm and passion to her work, making it both compelling and fun.”

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Fulfilling the promise that a high-quality public education provides

It is the paramount duty of the state to make ample provision for the education of all children residing within its borders….
—Article IX, Section I, Washington State Constitution

Earlier this year, the State Supreme Court ordered the Washington Legislature to provide a plan by April 30, 2014, for fixing the state’s unconstitutional education funding system. The McCleary v. Washington decision found that the state was violating its constitutional obligation to amply fund basic education and gave lawmakers a 2018 deadline to fix this violation.

Battle over School Funding panel. From left: Former Justice Phil Talmadge, Sen. Christine Rolfes, Billy Corriher, and Frank Ordway.

From left: Former Justice Phil Talmadge, Sen. Christine Rolfes, Billy Corriher, and Frank Ordway.

The League of Education Voters and Center for American Progress recently hosted a panel discussion, The Battle over School Funding: The Legislature v. the State Supreme Court to discuss the case and the Legislature’s response. Panelists included Senator Christine Rolfes; former Justice Phil Talmadge; Frank Ordway, LEV’s Director of Government Affairs; and Billy Corriher, Director of Research, Legal Progress at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC. (more…)

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Activist of the Month: Carol Solomon

At the League of Education Voters (LEV), we recognize all of the hard work that you do toward improving public education across Washington state. We are pleased to announce our Activist of the Month for May: Carol Solomon. Read more about her experience as an activist and advocate for her community and for Washington students.

Carol Solomon first became involved with LEV through LEV Field Organizer Andaiye Qaasim, who describes Carol as a “lifetime advocate” and the “backbone” of her community. (more…)

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