Road Map to College is kicking off the next round of its campaign: College Application Completion Events. These events run through early December at locations across the region, provide one-on-one support to students researching colleges, filling out applications and drafting personal statements.
Road Map to College is looking for volunteers for these events. Volunteers will have an opportunity to work directly with students and help them reach their postsecondary dreams. Currently, the following events need the most volunteer support:
12.03 Rainier Beach High School
11.07 Roosevelt High School
11.12 Ingraham High School
11.06 Cleveland High School
South King County
11.06 Lindbergh High School
11.19 Hazen High School
11.07 Auburn Riverside High School
11.12 Kentridge High School
12.04 Kentwood High School
To volunteer, please sign up on the Road Map to College website.
League of Education Voters (LEV) CEO Chris Korsmo will be speaking at the University of Washington School of Law tomorrow, October 11, 2013, to give a keynote address at the conference, Forces of Change: Law, Policy and Equity in Washington State Education. Her talk, “Zero tolerance for inequity: Creating the schools our kids deserve,” will provide an overview of the state of public education in Washington today—what we’ve achieved, what needs work, and how LEV is working to improve public education in Washington state for each and every kid.
The conference will feature a day of lively discussions, debate, and learning about school reform in Washington state with policy makers, educators, public education lawyers, and scholars participating in panel discussions and lightning talks.
In what has become unfortunately common in Washington, the 2013 legislative session went into overtime. An agreement on a two-year budget was reached with less than 24 hours to spare to avoid a shutdown of state government. While significant hurdles remain as we strive to ensure our public education system is amply, equitably and sustainably funded, measurable progress was made during the extended 2013 session.
The legislature and the Governor were faced with competing requirements and political trends. Our state’s constitution required increased investment in K-12 education. And while I-1053 was ultimately ruled unconstitutional, the voters of Washington state have consistently sent a strong message that any tax increases must have 2/3 majority support in the legislature. The legislators were charged with increasing investment in K12, without broad based revenue increases, and avoiding cuts to other areas of education or essential social services.
On that score you have to say the session was a mild success. As a state, we expanded investment in early learning, brought a modicum of stability to the Working Connections Child Care program, increased investment in K-12 with an intense focus on the opportunity gap, and stopped the crippling cuts to higher education. We did all of this without cannibalizing essential social services. While it took longer than was needed, the outcome reflected the values of the voters who sent the legislators to Olympia to represent them.
In addition to the budget items, significant bipartisan efforts on education policy were passed (See LEV 2013 legislative accomplishments). Legislation related to addressing customer service issues in child care, supports for persistently failing schools, literacy, STEM education, gathering and reporting of discipline data, and assessment reforms all passed with significant bipartisan support.
As we move forward, LEV will continue to work with parents, members of both parties, and members of the education community to address the continuing challenge of providing ample, equitable and stable funding and ensuring those dollars are invested effectively to ensure that every student in Washington state receives an excellent public education that provides the opportunity for success.