$8.3 billion in funding, salary increases and more

Already seeing back-to-school ads? Don’t panic, they’re a gentle reminder to make the most of the remaining summer days before school and fall activities begin again. Though we’re into the dog days of summer, League of Education Voters hasn’t slowed down and there’s lots of news to share.

Washington teachers’ salaries will increase as a result of the McCleary education funding deal, which directs $8.3 billion dollars of state money toward improving basic education. LEV wants to make sure funds are used effectively, and in this month’s newsletter you can read more about what that increase means for districts and our four key goals for education funding. Also this month, we share the inside track on Washington state’s newest government agency, The Department of Children, Youth, and Families. Finally, if you’re in Spokane or nearby, please join us for a special event this October. We’ll be talking with Microsoft’s Senior Director of Philanthropies, Jane Broom, about the role of technology in education. 

Thank you for helping us champion education for every child in Washington state. We couldn’t do our work without your support.

Washington ups salaries for more than 50,000 teachers

For decades, Washington’s teachers have been underpaid by the state, forcing school districts to pick up the tab if they wanted to offer a competitive wage. This year, a $2.5 billion funding increase will be used to increase staff salaries for more than 50,000 K-12 teachers statewide. School districts can now free up local levy dollars typically used to boost underfunded wages. Read on to see how school districts are looking to invest the influx of new funding.

Four key goals for education funding

Following the Supreme Court’s McCleary ruling, the government is making major investments in the K-12 funding system. For this landmark decision to have positive, long-lasting impact, basic education must be equitably funded. Read more about the four key goals guiding our work as we help to build an equitable funding system.

Inside Washington state’s newest government agency

In our latest podcast interview, we sat down with Deputy Director Heather Moss of the Department of Children, Youth, and Families, Washington state’s newest agency. On the podcast, Moss gives us the inside scoop on the new agency, supporting children from a background of trauma, and increasing the early learning educator pipeline. Don’t miss it, listen now.

Join us! Technology in education with Microsoft’s Jane Broom

Are you in Spokane or nearby? You’re invited to our first-ever breakfast event on October 18th. Join community, business, and education leaders for Owning Our Future: Technology in Education with keynote speaker Jane Broom, Senior Director of Microsoft’s philanthropy work for Washington state. You won’t want to miss this engaging discussion.

Arik Korman

Communications Director, League of Education Voters

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