ED Advocate, League of Education Voters Newsletter, October 2014


Chris Korsmo
Chris Korsmo, CEO

The school year is in full gear and so is the League of Education Voters, with preparations for the upcoming legislative session and numerous community events throughout the state.

For those in Puget Sound, we are partnering with Excel Public Charter School to offer a community forum this Saturday, October 11, at the Kent Public Library. We are also finishing up our Lunchtime LEVinar series on early learning tomorrow with a webinar by Ready Nation's Steve Leahy.

This fall, we are talking with policymakers, community members, parents, and educators across Washington to discuss our vision for a high-quality public education system from cradle to career. I invite you to join us. To learn more, please contact our State Field Director Kelly Munn.

I am pleased to highlight our Activists of the Month, Quontica and Marlando Sparks, who are advocating in their eastern Washington community—and throughout the state—for parent engagement and closing the opportunity and achievement gaps.

Our Board has taken positions on two initiatives that will be voted on in the November election. Our Board opposes Initiative 1351 and supports Seattle Proposition 1B. Read more about our endorsements and why we took these positions on our website.

Thanks for all you do for kids. We couldn't do it without you.
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LEV's Activist of the Month

Quontica and Marlando SparksAt 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 Activists of the Month for October: Quontica and Marlando Sparks. Read more about their experience advocating for parent engagement and their plans to open a public charter school for at-risk youth in Pasco. Read more

In pursuit of educational equity

Multi-colored hands. Photo by Vjeran Lisjak.Join us to chat with legislators and candidates for the 47th legislative district about how to make public education more equitable.

Bring all your questions about education—from McCleary to STEM, from equity to public charter schools, and more! Speak up, join in, and amplify your voice for educational equity on Saturday, October 11.
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A fully funded public education system

Colored pencilsDespite our state constitution's declaration that education is the "paramount duty" of Washington, we are not putting in the public effort needed to support a world-class education system and the Washington State Supreme Court agrees. This coming legislative session, the Legislature will take on the task of writing the 2015–2017 Washington budget, and the State Supreme Court is holding their feet to the fire.

Join us for a series of 30-minute Lunchtime LEVinars to learn more about what a fully funded public education system looks like in Washington state, taking place October 23, November 6, and November 20 at 12:30 p.m.
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Celebrating our donors

Thank you!Donations are made to the League of Education Voters (LEV) and the LEV Foundation by individuals, groups, and businesses throughout the community. These generous donations from those who believe in high-quality public education allow us to ensure measurable progress toward LEV's vision that every student in Washington state has access to an excellent public education that provides the opportunity for success. We'd like to take a moment to celebrate our supporters who donated to LEV or the LEV Foundation between July 1 and September 30 of this year. Thank you!

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October 11, 2014 | In pursuit of educational equity, Kent Public Library, Kent
January 24, 2015 | Access, Equity, & Excellence: Annual Parent and Community Training, Highline Community College, Des Moines
March 26, 2015 | 2015 Annual Breakfast, Sheraton Hotel, Seattle


Sept–Oct 2014 | Early learning: Closing the gaps, Online webinars
Oct–Nov 2014 | A fully funded public education system, Online webinars

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