The Equity in Education Coalition believes that no one can advocate better for our kids than our communities and our allies. Therefore, we work with local, regional and state-wide communities to ensure that laws, policies and programs work for kids often trapped in the opportunity and achievement gap. We also hold our leaders accountable until they secure the resources required to make all children safe, healthy and vibrant.
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Legislative Session 2017
Our legislative priorities for the 2017 session involve supporting policies and programs that fully and equitably fund a quality education system for all of Washington’s students. Our call to action:
- Ensure fairness in implementing the McCleary decision and fully funding education
- Increase funding for pre-school, summer school, and enrichment opportunities
- Targeted increased investments in Learning Assistance Program, Transitional Bilingual Instructional Program, and Expanded Learning Opportunities
- Advocate for more equitable distribution of resources and a funding model based on student needs
- Challenge institutionalized racism in our educational system
- Challenge disproportionate school discipline practices.
View a complete list of our goals for the 2017 Washington State Legislature.
On Monday, February 20, 2017, over 1,000 participants from all sectors, across Washington state, gathered on the Capitol steps in Olympia with the unified ask to the legislature to fully fund education and critical state services. Participants linked arms connecting the temple of justice to the Capitol building, symbolizing our vision of justice in the legislature, held a rally on the capitol steps, met with legislators, and passed out the EEC Equity Rally Proclamation throughout the day.
The EEC is heavily invested in transforming Washington state’s existing school funding model to a more student centered and equitable funding system. We believe that the current allocation model based on Full Time Employee (FTE) status and staffing ratios results in erratic and inequitable funding across the state, both between schools districts and within. Read more about the Weighted Student Funding Formula (WSF) and our stance on how to ensure that we are adequately serving our highest needs students and closing opportunity and achievement gaps in our policy memo on WSF.
The EEC was also featured on the front page of the Seattle Times for our work on school funding! Please click here to read all about our efforts in creating a more equitable education system.
Our Previous Work
Learning Assistance Program
The EEC helped secure $143 million in increased State funding for the Learning Assistance Program, thereby substantially increasing the number of instructional hours in a program that serves primarily children of color.
The EEC crafted a strong and inclusive Discipline Bill, which includes not only a re-entry program for children suspended or expelled, but calls for stronger data collection, a time limit on suspensions/expulsions, and a more streamlined procedure manifest for school districts.
With the Equity in Education Coalition serving in an advisory capacity, Senator Dammeier’s SB 5237, Third Grade Reading Retention Bill, changed dramatically from a retention bill to a prevention and intervention bill that will benefit our children of color by offering proven, research based reading intervention programs to children as well as a parent tool kit.
A More Inclusive Education System
Organizing members to pressure Seattle Public Schools to change the way they present their data to better recognize a broader spectrum of ethnicities and backgrounds, while also working with the district to strengthen the educational system for English Language Learners so immigrant and refugee families don’t fall through the cracks.
The EEC assisted in the passage of SHB 1723, Early Learning Bill, in which the coalition strongly advocated for schools’ administering the Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS) the authority to utilize up to three school days at the start of the school year to meet with parents and families.
The EEC was integral in creating statewide Expanded Learning Opportunity Council.
The EEC sits on the following Committees
- Professional Educators Standards Board Technical Assistance Diversity Team
- Paraeducator Standards statewide workgroup
- Governor Inslee’s Education Roundtable
- FairWashington Revenue Coalition
- Discipline Disproportionality Coalition
- ReadyWA Steering Committee Member
- Cradle 2 College Coalition Steering Committee Member
- Seattle Pre-School Program Advisory Committee Member
- Speaker Series participant for WSU Pullman College of Education Diversity Program
- Washington State School Directors Association Race and Equity Policy Design Team
- Achievement and Accountability Workgroup — State Board of Education
- SouthEast Seattle Education Coalition Committee Member
- CCER’s RoadMap Project
- Advocacy Caucus
- Sponsor’s Group
- Community Network Steering Committee