Governor Takes the Road Map Project Baton to Push Equitable Education Funding Forward
In a track relay race, the most powerful player runs the last leg. As state lawmakers are in a gridlock over education funding, the Road Map Project and Cradle Through College Coalition ( C2C) handed Washington Gov. Jay Inslee a symbolic baton to move budget talks in Olympia over the finish line. The governor addressed last week's Education Results Network meeting, a quarterly gathering of Project partners, and outlined his proposed budget's plans for early learning through higher education. Missed the meeting? Catch up by watching Gov. Inslee's remarks and browsing photos from the day.
System-Wide Racial Equity Essentials Work Update
Thank you to everyone who pitched in during the System-Wide Racial Equity Essentials group discussions, including facilitators and note-takers! The room was buzzing with engaged conversations on what needs to change to better support our students. The table discussion notes will be available in the coming weeks for additional feedback. 
Meet the Community Leadership Team
Please welcome the inaugural Road Map Project Community Leadership Team, a group that will provide visionary leadership and community accountability for improving education results and closing achievement and opportunity gaps. If you didn't meet them at last week's ERN meeting, here's a quick introduction. Look out for profiles about each member in future newsletters. 
Zahra Al-Najaf 

Zahra is a first-generation refugee, a University of Washington graduate and mentor who is committed to helping youth of color navigate the education system.

Erin Ambrozic

Erin is a lifelong South King County resident with a strong track record of leadership and service in SeaTac and Des Moines. She currently serves as the program manager for Graduate Highline.  

Sebrena Burr

Sebrena is a long-standing community and education advocate and current Seattle Council PTSA President. 

Freda Crichton 

Freda grew up in the White Center neighborhood and is a proud alum of the Year Up program. After studying at Seattle Central, she committed to a year of AmeriCorps service as a High School Student Success Coach.

Regina Elmi

Regina is the founder of the Somali Parent Education Board and believes the biggest role in this world is being a parent. She considers it a privilege to be working with parents like her every day and learning from them.

Karly Feria

Karly is a college and career access professional in Highline Public Schools and a grass-roots community organizer for the human rights of Filipinas with Gabriela-Seattle and Bayan Pacific Northwest. 

Mary Fertakis

Mary is longtime community leader in Tukwila and has served on the Tukwila School Board for 22 years. She is committed to using her experience to improve racial equity in our education systems. 

Greg Garcia 

Greg Garcia has worked with youth and communities of color for over 20 years, including serving as Executive Director of Washington Asian Pacific Islander Community Services. He currently serves as the Supporting Youth Community Impact Manager for United Way of King County.   

Lynda Hall

Lynda is a parent advocate and longtime community volunteer. In her role at the nonprofit Treehouse, she works with community partners and supporters to give foster kids a childhood and a future. 

Sean Levias 

Sean is a longtime resident of Rainier Beach. He is a pastor, parent advocate and dedicated father who works to make a difference in the lives of young people.

Mirya Muñoz - Roach

Mirya works to serve and support vulnerable Latino Families in South King County through her work with Centro Rendu at St. Vincent de Paul and through her deep community connections in Kent and Renton. 

Larissa Reza

Larissa grew up in South King County, works to support college access, provides Know Your Rights trainings for undocumented students, and is active in community organizing in Burien. 

Kevin Truong

Kevin grew up in High Point, is currently a college coach at Chief Sealth International High School, and this fall will be attending the University of Washington for his master of public administration. 
Catherina Willard

Catherina Willard lives and works in White Center. She is the proud mother of two young adults, a committed antiracist community organizer, and has been working in family support for more than 20 years. 

The Road Map Project is a region-wide effort aimed at improving education to drive dramatic improvement in student achievement from cradle to college and career in South King County and South Seattle. 

The Road Map Project is supported by the Community Center for Education Results (CCER), a nonprofit organization.

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