Speaker Series

The League of Education Voters Speaker Series promotes community conversations on current issues in education reform. Previous speakers at these free events include Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and researcher Pedro Noguera.

Our next event will be on May 1, 2014. Read below for more information. Please also join our mailing list to stay up-to-date on future events.


The Battle Over School Funding

The Legislature v. the State Supreme Court

12–2 p.m., May 1, 2014
Hotel Monaco, 1101 4th Ave, downtown Seattle
RSVP: Nancy Hopkins, nancy@educationvoters.org, 206.728.6448

Please join the League of Education Voters Foundation and the Center for American Progress for a lunchtime panel discussion.

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.

Whether you side with the court or the legislature, we can all agree that Washington’s education funding system must be overhauled to ensure that there is ample, equitable, and stable funding. Our panel of judicial, legislative, and policy experts are sure to engage us in a spirited conversation on education funding in our state.

Panel Speakers
Senator Christine Rolfes
Former Justice Phil Talmadge
Frank Ordway; Director of Government Affairs; League of Education Voters
Billy Corriher; Director of Research; Legal Progress; Center for American Progress

Please contact Nancy Hopkins to RSVP at nancy@educationvoters.org or 206.728.6448.

A special thanks to our Speaker Series sponsors: Boeing, Microsoft, and Anonymous
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