While our State Supreme Court and Legislature quibble over missed education funding deadlines, Washington state’s 10-year achievement gap continues to grow in all grade levels in reading and math.
At the League of Education Voters, we support an ample, equitable, and stable education funding plan. When the re-definition of “basic education” (upon which McCleary v. Washington is based) was developed in 2009, we advocated, unsuccessfully, that the definition should also include early learning and higher education.
We need a definition of basic education that puts students and their learning at the center.
The current definition of basic education doesn’t meet the needs of today’s students, let alone the needs of our future students.
We can and must do better for Washington’s students.
The League of Education Voters (LEV) is a non-partisan, nonprofit statewide organization working to improve public education from early learning through higher education with ample, equitable, and stable resources.