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Education funding on TVW

League of Education Voters CEO Chris Korsmo and Stand for Children Executive Director Dave Powell chat with Austin Jenkins for TVW's Inside Olympia program on September 11, 2014.

League of Education Voters CEO Chris Korsmo and Stand for Children Executive Director Dave Powell chat with Austin Jenkins for TVW’s Inside Olympia program.

The League of Education Voters’ CEO Chris Korsmo and Stand for Children Washington’s Executive Director Dave Powell sat down with Austin Jenkins yesterday to discuss education funding and reform on TVW’s Inside Olympia program.

In particular, Chris and Austin chatted about the League of Education Voters wish to redefine “basic education” to include early learning and higher education.

View the discussion below or on the TVW website.


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Statement from Chris Korsmo on the McCleary v. State of Washington contempt ruling

Chris Korsmo, CEO, League of Education VotersEchoing the frustration displayed at last week’s McCleary v. Washington show-cause hearing, today the Washington Supreme Court made their expectations of the State Legislature clear. The Court demanded a funding plan for public education by the end of the 2015 legislative session.

The ruling makes what was going to be an important legislative session an urgent session.

Last week the legislature asked the Court for time­—the 2015 session—to develop a funding plan. Today, they got the time.

This is a critical turning point on whether the state is going to make good on its constitutionally mandated duty to fully fund public education in our state with ample, equitable, and stable resources.

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Activist of the Month: Connie Gerlitz

Connie Gerlitz with her son Jordan

Connie with her son Jordan

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 August: Connie Gerlitz. Read more about her experience as a long-time advocate for all kids.

Connie Gerlitz got her start in advocacy through her work at Safeco Insurance “way back,” she says, where she worked to improve safety standards for children. She worked with the Legislature to fight for laws around things like seatbelts for children, car seats, and bike helmets.

Working with the Legislature gave her the confidence to speak publicly and testify on behalf of issues that she believes in, and she also gained insight into why working with the Legislature was so important.

Connie has been involved with the League of Education Voters (LEV) since its inception, and she recalls attending an exploratory meeting with LEV co-founder Lisa Macfarlane in Bellevue thirteen-some years ago. (more…)

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