July 31, 2015 | Issue No. 25 | Excellent Schools Now Newsletter
Full Coalition Meeting

October 8, 2015
9:00–11:00 a.m.
Community Room A,
2100 Building
2100 24th Ave
Seattle, WA 98144

State Board of Education
sets graduation cut scores

August 5, 2015
More information

Statewide test scores
released for Smarter Balanced Assessments

August 17, 2015
More information

Read: ESN Updates

Strong words on education funding
The Washington State Legislature delivered their report to the Supreme Court at the end of July on the progress made in funding education as mandated in the McCleary v. Washington court case. In anticipation of that report, both The Olympian and The Seattle Times published strong editorials, and The Seattle Times also invited several people to submit op-eds on the topic, including the League of Education Voters' CEO Chris Korsmo.

The League of Education Voters has gathered all of these editorials and posted them on their website.

Save the Date: Full Coalition Meeting

Our next full coalition meeting will take place on Thursday, October 8, at 9 a.m. Please join us to learn the results from our summer listening tour and to hear updates about our policy priorities for the 2016 legislative session.

When: 9–11 a.m., Thursday, October 8
Where: 2100 Building, Community Room A
2100 24th Ave, Seattle, WA 98144

Questions? Contact Kim Martinez, kim@waroundtable.com.

Teletown halls on K–12 education
The Ready Washington (Ready WA) coalition and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) have been hosting a series of teletown halls about Washington's K–12 learning standards and assessments. The last of these teletown halls will be next Tuesday, August 4, at 12 p.m.

Stream the town hall live online or view archived town halls at www.ReadyWA.org/townhall.

ESN Listening Tour
The Excellent Schools Now Coalition has been conducting a listening tour this summer. The purpose of this listening tour is to learn about coalition member priorities in education over the next year and beyond; gauge how coalition members feel about ESN communication and outreach efforts and what ESN can do to improve; and develop avenues for involvement in advancing ESN’s agenda going forward.

If you have questions or would like to be involved, please contact Kim Martinez, kim@waroundtable.com.

Review of the 2015 legislative session
It took one long session and three special sessions, but the 2015 legislative session finally came to a close on July 10, 2015.

The League of Education Voters released a statement on the session, writing: "What we see in this budget is a more comprehensive investment in education than at any other time in the state's history. Through their strong investments in public education across the spectrum, early learning through postsecondary, the Legislature has given all Washington’s students more hope for their future."

Please read the entire statement on the League of Education Voters' website.


The Excellent Schools Now (ESN) coalition includes more than 40 education, business, and community-based organizations across Washington state working to achieve meaningful education reform that increases student achievement.