January 17, 2013
Issue No. 1
  Ensuring all Washington students graduate college and career-ready

We want to hear from you

As we kick off our 2013 ESN communications, we want to know how to best communicate with you and what your organization is willing to do to support our collective agenda. Please take five minutes to complete a brief survey:


The annual ESN legislative luncheon will take place February 26th, from 11:30am-1pm at the Governor Hotel in Olympia. The lunch will be attended by legislative leaders, agency staff, and ESN members. More information will be sent out via email at the beginning of February.

Education in the headlines

Education is a top priority heading into the 2013 legislative session and a number of editorial boards have written about the needed reforms, funding, and accountability that align with ESN priorities:
The Seattle Times
The Everett Herald
The Tacoma News Tribune

Welcome to the Inaugural
Excellent Schools Now Newsletter

Welcome to the Excellent Schools Now newsletter. This bi-monthly newsletter is being sent to all coalition members in order to share timely information about legislative activity, events, and media stories of interest. Feel free to share this with others who may be interested in the ESN coalition. Please contact us with any questions or suggestions. We look forward to working with you.

2013 Policy Priorities
The ESN 2013 policy priorities reflect the need for our state to provide all students with a college-and career-ready education. ESN also believes state leaders and lawmakers should fully fund basic education as directed by the state Supreme Court’s McCleary decision and continue to adopt and endorse the strategies in the A+ Washington plan.

Excellent Schools Now recommends prioritizing the following investments in 2013:
•    Full-day kindergarten
•    24-credit high school diploma, “Washington State Graduation Requirements: Career and College Ready”
•    Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP)
•    Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS)
•    Implementation of the Common Core State Standards and assessments
•    Adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards
•    Implementation and training for all educators on the four-tiered evaluation system
•    Robust mentoring programs for teachers and principals

More information and a media release outlining the ESN 2013 priorities can be found on the Coalition’s website.
The Excellent Schools Now (ESN) coalition includes nearly 40 education, business, and community-based organizations across Washington State working to achieve meaningful education reform that increases student achievement.
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