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A definition of basic education worth fighting for

Chris Korsmo, CEO, League of Education VotersChris Korsmo, CEO of the League of Education Voters, submitted an op-ed to The Seattle Times‘ Education Lab yesterday. It was published in The Seattle Times print edition on June 20.

In her column, Chris argues that the definition of “basic education” in Washington is too narrow—it does not include early learning or higher education. Read below for an excerpt, or read the entire column online.

At the League of Education Voters, we support an ample, equitable, stable education funding plan. While we supported the re-definition of “basic education” developed in 2009 (it includes smaller class size, full-day kindergarten, transportation, materials and supplies) upon which McCleary is based, we advocated that the definition should also include early learning and higher education.

During the past two years, we have grown increasingly uncomfortable with the current definition of basic education. It is neither ample nor equitable. And thanks to our over-reliance on local levies, it certainly isn.t stable.

We need a definition of basic education that puts students and their learning at the center.

Read the entire op-ed on The Seattle Times website.

Posted in: Blog, Early Learning, Featured, Funding, Higher Education, LEV News

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Being part of the solution

Several of the advocates who testified at Monday's OSPI hearing on school discipline.

Several of the advocates who testified at Monday’s OSPI hearing on school discipline.

Last year, nearly 60,000 individual students were removed from school. Those students missed a more than 100,000 days of school, collectively, due to suspensions alone. The majority of students are removed from school for relatively minor behaviors, things like disobedience, violating a dress code, truancy.

That’s how Katie Mosehauer, Washington Appleseed’s Executive Director, opened her statement at Monday’s hearing on school discipline at the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).

The hearing gave members of the public a chance to comment in person on the proposed rules for implementation of ESSB 5946, the school discipline law passed in 2013 that makes discipline data public and limits the number of days that students can be removed from class. (more…)

Posted in: Advocacy and Activism, Blog, Closing the Gaps, Events, School Discipline

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Making sure the new discipline law works

Katie MosehauerKatie Mosehauer, Executive Director of Washington Appleseed, recently spoke with Steve Scher at KUOW about the new Washington state school discipline law, and how the changes affect schools, students, and parents.

Every year, thousands of Washington students are excluded from school. Students of color, low-income students, and special education students are disciplined at higher rates than other students, which contribute to Washington’s opportunity and achievement gaps. Higher rates of suspensions and expulsions lead to higher dropout rates, increases in grade repetition, and a rise in incarceration rates.


Posted in: Advocacy and Activism, Blog, School Discipline

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