Two years after the “landmark” McCleary decision, long-term legislative plans are still not finalized for future funding of Washington public schools. This event will explore options for better education funding, the opportunity gap, and statewide equity issues in schools. The state’s constitution says it’s the “paramount duty” of the state to give “ample provision” for education of all students — regardless of income, district, or learning ability. In 2012, the Washington State Supreme Court determined this wasn’t happening and ordered the legislature to increase school funding by 2018. What’s changed over the past two years and, more importantly, how will the state meet the estimated $3.5 billion in new funding requirements? Panelists include State Representative Ross Hunter; Sharonne Navas, Director of Equity in Education Coalition; Frank Ordway, Government Relations Director of the League of Education Voters; and Shawn Lewis, Education Funding Specialist, Washington Education Association. Moderated by Paola Maranan of Children’s Alliance, this event will bring together key voices in this debate, analyzing the effect of the McCleary decision and what it means for the state budget and local children.
Presented by: Town Hall in partnership with the Washington State Budget and Policy Center, Children’s Alliance, Equity in Education Coalition, League of Education Voters, OneAmerica, Poverty Action Network, Progressive Majority Washington, SEIU 925, SEIU 199NW, Washington Bus, Washington Community Action Network, Centerstone, UFCW Local 21, Community and Parents for Public Schools of Seattle, and Win/Win Network, as part of the Civics series. Series supported by The Boeing Company, the RealNetworks Foundation, and the True-Brown Foundation. Series media sponsorship provided by The Stranger and KUOW.
Town Hall Member Benefits: Priority seating.
Doors open: 6:30 p.m.
Learn more: About McCleary.