Landmark Legislative Session Comes To An End
The 2019 legislative session came to a fast and furious close on April 28, with rumors swirling about a special session right until the very end. There were a record number of bills introduced and some big wins for Washington students.
One of the biggest is a commitment to fully fund the State Need Grant, now known as the Washington College Grant. In the past, nearly 18,000 students that qualified for tuition assistance didn't receive it because of the program's limited budget. Now, legislators have committed to help low-income students achieve their dreams of higher education.
League of Education Voters prioritized five areas this session: special education funding, supportive and safe schools, fair local K-12 funding, high-quality early childhood education and access to postsecondary opportunities. Ultimately, progress was made in all of our priority areas, with some more than others.
But we couldn't have done any of it without you. This session, supporters sent over 26,000 letters to their legislators demanding change — including funding the State Need Grant. For all you've done, thank you.
And one last thing. Wednesday was GiveBIG, a one-day campaign to raise funds for Washington nonprofits. In 2001 Washingtonians like you came together to create League of Education Voters. If you haven't already, please GiveBIG and join us in the fight for Washington's future.