As yet another school year ends with blinding speed, work is heating up for team LEV. The new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), replacing No Child Left Behind, gives states more leeway in a wide range of areas. Our state is figuring out how to modify our accountability system and fully implement other parts of the law. If you’re curious how ESSA will work here in Washington, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction is holding forums around the state. Get all the info here.
And speaking of the state Superintendent, watch for OSPI candidate forums from now until the November election. LEV is keeping track of upcoming forums here.
Looking ahead, we’re taking a hard look at how to best fund our state education system as the McCleary debate will be front and center in the next Legislative session. If you would like more info on what the McCleary Task Force is up to, check out our recent Lunchtime LEVinar on the topic here.
May you and your family enjoy a glorious summer.
Thank you, and thanks for all you do for kids.
ESSA Regional Community Forums
Beginning June 14, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is holding forums across the state to provide an overview of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) implementation in Washington. Each forum is open to the public and there is no registration required.
The work that we do to improve public education is only possible thanks to the support of our activists and advocates – the parents, community members, students, and teachers who stand up and speak up.
Congratulations to longtime Tukwila School Board Member Mary Fertakis, June 2016 Activist of the Month, who has spent more than two decades fighting for people who have been marginalized – denied opportunity by race, place of birth, or government. Read more
Candidates who want to lead Washington’s school system as its next Superintendent will speak at forums around the state. Current OSPI candidates include: Robin Fleming, Ron Higgins, Erin Jones, Chris Reykdal and David Spring. Learn more
The Washington Supreme Court is fining the Legislature $100,000 a day for not fully funding public education. During this year’s session in Olympia, the Legislature passed a bill that created a task force to determine how to end the state’s over-reliance on local levies to pay teacher salaries and other components on basic education. But will the Court be satisfied? Watch here