State of Washington Archives: on Education
$1.2B for automatic COLA adjustments for teachers
[In the recent court ruling] the court wrote that it wants to see "immediate, concrete action, not simply promises." I agree. Promises don't educate our children, and promises don't satisfy our constitutional and moral obligations. We need to put
several billion dollars more into funding our K-through-12 education system. I propose a plan to make an investment of about $200 million in our schools this session. Most of that will go directly to your local school districts. It will also fund a
long-overdue cost-of-living adjustment for our educators this session. Washington voters spoke loudly in 2000, saying that educators should get this COLA every year. Yet repeatedly that mandate has been shunted aside. We're going to live up to that
promise this year. Last year I proposed a $1.2 billion down payment on our obligation to schools, funded mostly by closing tax breaks. The court now says what we did wasn't enough and the need for immediate action could not be more apparent.
Source: 2014 Wash. State of the State address
Jan 14, 2014
Lack of minority teachers led to achievement gap
Adams identified issues within the education and health sectors as key matters to be dealt with in Connecticut, known as the 'Nutmeg State'. She cited "a paucity of minority teachers in public schools" as reason for what she
dubbed the achievement gap in the state, as well as disparities in the health sector. "Since I've covered education for more than a decade, I'm very in tune with what needs to be done to fix our education system in Connecticut."
Source: Ann-Marie Adams Wash. Post OpEd 2018 Connecticut Senate race
Nov 12, 2012
Unify Department of Education; prepare students to succeed
Unify the state's eight education agencies and 14 major education plans into a Department of Education. Focus all department activities on students and student learning from early learning to higher education.
Washington state does not have an
education system but multiple agencies and plans that deal with education. If students are going to succeed as they progress from early learning through higher education, then every level of education must work together from pre-school on up.
Source: 2011 Wash. gubernatorial press release #1645
Feb 1, 2011
Honor Catholic schools' faith-based instruction
Rossi co-sponsored SENATE RESOLUTION 8608:
Source: State of Wash. legislative record
Feb 19, 2003
- WHEREAS, Catholic school educators have been teaching in Washington state for more than 140 years; and
- WHEREAS, Catholic schools have more than 29,000 students currently receiving their education in 9
secondary schools throughout the state; and
- WHEREAS, Catholic schools have trained many of the finest leaders in professions and occupations throughout this state and nation; and
- WHEREAS, Catholic schools greatly help relieve the financial burdens
placed on public school systems by providing options for parents and students seeking alternative educational opportunities; and
- WHEREAS, Catholic schools uphold the dignity and sanctity of human life;
- NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the
Senate recognize the Catholic schools of Washington State and honor their academic excellence and faith-based instruction during this celebration of Catholic Schools Week, January 26, 2003, through February 1, 2003.
Honor home schooling as viable alternative
Rossi co-sponsored SENATE RESOLUTION 8602:
- WHEREAS, The state of Washington recognizes the critical importance and fundamental right of parents to be actively involved in the direction of their children's education & character development; and
WHEREAS, Home schools can provide families the opportunity for their children to receive a sound academic education; and
- WHEREAS, Studies confirm that children who are educated at home score exceptionally well on national achievement tests; and
WHEREAS, The state of Washington appropriately recognizes, by law, the right to home education as a legitimate and viable educational alternative; and
- WHEREAS, Teaching children at home was the predominant form of education for much of America's early
- WHEREAS, Washington now has more children being educated at home schools than ever before; NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Washington Senate hereby honor, thank, and celebrate the home-educating families in the state.
Source: State of Wash. legislative record
Feb 5, 2003
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