ED Advocate, League of Education Voters Newsletter, September 2015


Chris Korsmo
Chris Korsmo, CEO

It's back-to-school time. (For some?) But before we get there, I'd like to reflect on the busy, busy summer for a moment.

After three special sessions, the 2015 legislative session ended, at long last, with a budget that made historic investments in education, from early learning through postsecondary.

Shortly after the session ended, the Washington State Supreme Court released an order regarding its contempt ruling on McCleary v. Washington. The order instated a daily fine to the state of $100,000 until the Legislature addresses the remaining issues, including teacher compensation and local levies.

Fast forward to the beginning of the school year, and we celebrate the opening of eight new public charter schools around the state. Even as we celebrate, however, some districts are anticipating or experiencing strikes. We are watching these districts closely and will keep you informed.

In the meantime, I invite you to read our September newsletter to learn more about our activist of the month, the student group Ambassadors of Lakeview Achieving Success (ALAS), expected strikes, and an upcoming screening of Selma in Everett. We also celebrate our donors from the second quarter of the year.

Lastly, I'd like to alert you that you can now support the LEV Foundation when you shop online through Amazon Smile. Every time you shop, Amazon will donate 0.5 percent of what you spend to the LEV Foundation. Visit Amazon Smile to learn more today and select LEV Foundation as the charity you support.

Thank you, and thanks for all you do for kids.
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Activist of the Month: ALAS

Members of the Ambassadors of Lakeview Achieving SuccessAt the League of Education Voters, 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 September: a student group called the Ambassadors of Lakeview Achieving Success, or ALAS. Read more about ALAS' inspring work to engage their community. Read more

Celebrating Our Donors

Thank youDonations 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 April 1 and July 31 of 2015.
Thank you!

From Selma to Snohomish

Image from the movie SelmaThe League of Education Voters is pleased to be partnering with the Communities of Color Coalition, Latino Community Fund, and NAACP to offer a free screening of the movie Selma on Saturday, October 3, at 1:30 p.m., followed by a panel discussion and refreshments.

If you are interested in attending this screening and panel, please contact the Families of Color United in Service at focuis.com@gmail.com or 206.552.9310, or register today.

School Strikes 101

Strikes 101As many school districts and teachers continue negotiating to renew their collective bargaining agreements, the League of Education Voters is watching and waiting to learn which districts plan to strike (or are already striking) this fall. To help you, we have created a "frequently-asked-questions" page on our website so that you know what to expect if your district's teachers walk out. Learn more about strikes.

We are also offering a Lunchtime LEVinar on strikes on Tuesday, September 15, sponsored by The Boeing Company and Carter Subaru.
Register today

Public charter schools open their doors

Students enter their classroom at Spokane International Academy.Eight new public charter schools have opened, or are opening, their doors to students across the state. The League of Education Voters recently sat down with two "charter starters" to learn more about their schools. Read more about Spokane International Academy, which opened its doors on August 26, and Rainier Prep, which opened on September 1.

Get Involved


September 15 | School Strikes 101, Online webinar
October 3 | Selma to Snohomish: Selma movie screening, Northwest Music Hall, Everett

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