Gearing Up to Advocate for Equity in 2021

As we inch closer toward the end of 2020 with a COVID vaccine finally in sight, League of Education Voters is focusing on the 2021 state legislative session and ways to support students, families, educators, and school districts during this challenging time. 

Speaking of the upcoming legislative session, we are pleased to share our priorities for 2021:

In LEV staffing news, congratulations to Jacob Vela on becoming the new Director of Policy and Research. Jacob has done incredible work for the past 9 years and his promotion is well-deserved. Also, we are excited to announce Spokane native Kenji Linane-Booey as our new Spokane Regional Field Director, who will start on January 4. And please welcome Pam MacRae as our new Accountant and Lizzeth Mancilla as our new Engagement and Policy Intern.

Read more about our work below. I hope you and your family are able to connect this holiday week.

Students from South Shore PreK-8

Read our 2021 Legislative Priorities

We must change the very foundation of our education systems and build the infrastructure to implement student-centered, equitable solutions. We must focus on community-driven solutions to support students and families who have been historically and systemically underserved - including students of color, students in poverty, students qualifying for special education services, students learning English, students experiencing homelessness, and students impacted by trauma. We must ensure that in this moment of crisis and opportunity, we create meaningful and lasting change. Together we can build better systems for the future of Washington students and families.

Free webinar December 10 at 12:30 pm: A Listening Session with Voices from the Latino Community

On December 10, we have assembled a statewide panel of Latino thought leaders, community leaders, and educators to share their perspectives on current events and what works to effectively educate Latino students. Our panelists include Estella Ortega, Executive Director of El Centro de la Raza; Maria Esther Zamora, English Language Development teacher at Spokane Virtual Academy; Robert Elizondo, Superintendent of the Touchet School District; Suzy Diaz, Director of Collective Impact at Heritage University and convener of Yakima Valley Partners for Education; and additional guests to be announced soon. This webinar will be presented in Spanish with English interpretation available.

Podcast: Tequilla Brownie of TNTP on The Opportunity Myth

Tune in to this month’s podcast to hear Dr. Tequilla Brownie, Executive Vice President of Strategy, Policy & Community Coalitions at TNTP, about their groundbreaking report titled The Opportunity Myth, how she recommends that teachers and schools connect with students during this time of COVID, and what she would change about our education system if there were no budgetary constraints.

TNTP currently works with South Shore PreK-8 in South Seattle, a close partner of League of Education Voters.

Arik Korman
Communications Director, League of Education Voters

League of Education Voters
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