Help Washington live up to the promise it made to students from low-income families

Did you know an astonishing 18,000 State Need Grant eligible students attending Washington higher education institutions don't receive funding? That's because the program hasn't been fully funded by the legislature, and that's not fair.

The legislature established the State Need Grant (SNG) fifty years ago to increase access to higher education for low-income students. Though the SNG annually funds almost 70,000 students, the underfunding of SNG left 18,000 eligible low-income students unserved in each of the last seven years.

Until funding is available for all SNG eligible students, we can't close gaps experienced by historically and systemically underserved students— including students of color, students in poverty, students qualifying for special education services, students learning English, and students impacted by trauma.

Tell legislators to fully fund SNG-eligible students and fulfil the promise of tuition assistance for low-income families.

Chalisa's story: Highline student shares insights on Umoja black Scholars Program

Highline College student Chalisa Thompson wants Washington state to teach students how to build supportive communities at school and in life. In our latest podcast, Chalisa candidly shares highlights and low points from her educational journey. She introduces us to Highline's Umoja Black Scholars Program and shares how the program got her excited about education and her future. Listen to Chalisa's story.

Tell legislators: You can keep kids safe and support student success

Nearly nine in ten adults believe afterschool and summer programs are important in their communities. So why, when the school bells ring across Washington state, do most kids go home or hang out with friends until their parents get home from work? If you agree that youth in this state deserve high-quality afterschool and summer programs, tell your legislator it's time to pass House Bill 1644/Senate Bill 5665 and develop a strategy to expand learning opportunities. Take action now!

Lunchtime LEVinar: Special education from a rural and urban perspective

Special education is the topic of this month's Lunchtime LEVinar. Lawmakers say they'll fully fund special education services in Washington state, but what will that look like? On Tuesday, March 26 from 12:30 - 1 pm, join Davenport School District Superintendent Jim Kowalkowski and Stacy Dym, Executive Director of The Arc of King County, for a view into which special education services are currently provided in which regions and what's still needed. Don't miss it.

Arik Korman

Communications Director, League of Education Voters

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