Open letter urges lawmakers to prioritize equity and close opportunity gaps
Click to see the full letter to lawmakers.
As lawmakers continue to negotiate a final budget deal, advocacy efforts are underway to help improve education outcomes for all students. The Cradle Through College Coalition, a statewide coalition of more than 150 organizations and individuals, published an open letter to state lawmakers urging them to include specific priorities in any final budget agreement. The open letter was published in The Seattle Times last week and has been shared widely on social media. The open letter is part of a broader campaign to encourage legislators to fund education across the continuum -- from early learning through higher education -- in a manner that advances equity, closes opportunity gaps and improves student outcomes. The open letter can be read here.
The Cradle Through College Coalition's specific budget priorities include:
- full funding for the State Need Grant
- passage of the Early Start Act
- making sure McCleary investments advance equity and close opportunity gaps
- ending the overreliance on local levies
- investing in higher education operating costs
If you would like to get involved, follow the coalition on Facebook and Twitter. Share the open letter on your social media channels and with your networks! Be sure to tag the coalition in your posts to amplify your message.
The coalition is comprised of early learning, K-12, higher education and social and human services stakeholders from across Washington who have come together to address the holistic needs of children at each stage of their development. Members of the coalition include The Seattle Foundation, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Children's Alliance, Thrive Washington, King County Executive Dow Constantine, the Seattle College system, University of Washington, Washington State University, numerous South King County K-12 school districts, United Way of King County, Eastside Pathways, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound, Rural Alliance for College Success, League of Education Voters, Equity in Education Coalition, OneAmerica and the Road Map Project. To join the coalition or to learn more, please visit www.c2ccoalition.org.