Stand for Children, an influential non-partisan education advocacy organization, is announcing its endorsement of over two dozen legislative candidates for the upcoming November elections. Since its founding in 2007, Stand for Children Washington has always endorsed a bipartisan group of legislative candidates. This year, Stand for Children Washington split its endorsements between 13 Democrats and 15 Republicans, including Drew Stokesbary in the 31st legislative district. The balance reflected in the endorsements is a testament to the non-partisan nature of the stance Stand for Children Washington has taken regards to education advocacy.
Our mission is to ensure that all children, regardless of their background, graduate from high school prepared for, and with access to, a college education. To make that happen, we educate and empower parents, advocate for effective policy, and elect education champions.
The upcoming legislative session is an especially important one for Washington students and will require a bipartisan cohort of education champions to:
- Ensure the legislature focuses on quality – not just quantity – to satisfy the McCleary Supreme Court decision. Education champions must ensure the legislature is making wise investment decisions that help to accelerate the closure of student achievement gaps.
- Protect local control of school funding. In a time when education dollars are scarce, the legislature turned down control of more than $40 million last year because they refused to include student test scores as only one factor among many in teacher evaluations – a policy that a vast majority of Washington voters support.
Read more at stand.org.