League of Education Voters, SEIU 925, Public School Employees of Washington, American Federation of Teachers - WA, and the Washington Education Association Affirm Support for the Governor and Commend His Leadership on Education
Seattle – Today, with just a day left before the August 2nd Primary, five of the biggest education advocacy organizations in the state affirmed their support for Governor Jay Inslee, highlighting his record of accomplishment on education and his vision for a world-class education system that gives every student a chance to succeed.
Public School Employees of Washington Endorsed Inslee's Former Opponnet, Republican Rob Mckenna, 4 Years Ago
Governor Inslee worked with both Republicans and Democrats to pass legislation to dramatically improve the education our children receive. Because of his leadership, every child will now have access to all-day kindergarten and lower class sizes in grades K-3. He's made record investments in early learning, and worked with Republicans to make the biggest tuition cut in state history for every student attending public colleges in Washington.
"We support Governor Jay Inslee because he's been a champion for students and teachers in our state," said Chris Korsmo, League of Education Voters. "We appreciate his understanding that education is a continuum, from preschool all the way through college and we believe he has the best vision to improve outcomes for every student in Washington. We are proud to endorse Governor Jay Inslee."
“We’re excited to support Gov. Inslee because he understands the importance of fully funding education from birth to graduation—especially early childhood education," said Laura Chandler, Early Childcare Educator, SEIU 925 member. "Gov. Inslee stands with hard-working Washington families like mine, and that’s why we’re standing with him.”
“What I like about this Governor is the open access he provides to his office and to his policy staff," Bernal C Baca, American Federation of Teachers – WA. "In addition, his passion for ensuring college admission and affordability for our students and the recognition that our students need high quality Instructors that have secure positions with competitive pay. ”
“Fully funding public education and resolving McCleary are critical to assuring that all Washington children are set up for success," said Steve Sundquist, Public Education Advocate. "Governor Inslee is the best person to address these issues and make sure every child has access to a high-quality education.”
"WEA supports Governor Inslee because he will push the school funding issue so that every student, regardless of ZIP code, will finally receive the public education our Constitution calls for," said Kim Mead, President, Washington Education Association.
"The Public School Employees of Washington SEIU Local 1948 represents over 30,000 classified staff, including paraeducators, secretaries, custodians, bus drivers, child nutrition staff, support personnel, and higher education employees,” said Reen Doser, President,
Public School Employees of WA. “We are proud to stand strong with Governor Jay Inslee, who recognizes school support professionals as crucial partners with teachers, parents, and administrators in educating Washington's students."
The Public School Employees of Washington endorsed Inslee's former opponent, Republican Rob McKenna, 4 years ago.
Gov. Inslee Expanded Full-Day Kindergarten Statewide. According to OFM, the 2015-17 operating budget signed by Inslee included $179.8 million to fund statewide full-day kindergarten. “Funds full-day kindergarten for all students, offering 1,000 hours of instruction a year, one year ahead of schedule.” [2015-17 Operating Budget Highlights, OFM, 7/7/15]
Gov. Inslee Lowered Class Sizes In Grades K-3. In March 2016, The News Tribune reported, “Last year, lawmakers approved a two-year budget that spent $350 million to lower class sizes.” According to OFM, the 2015-17 budget “Reduces class sizes in kindergarten through third grade for both the 2015–16 and 2016–17 school years, making progress on the commitments provided in HB 2776. Washington’s K-3 class sizes will be funded at levels of 17 to 22, depending on the grade and poverty level of the school.” [The News Tribune, 3/17/16; 2015-17 Operating Budget Highlights, OFM, 7/07/15]
Gov. Inslee Gave Teachers Their First Raise Since 2008. In July 2015, The Associated Press reported, “Gov. Jay Inslee signed a new two-year state operating budget… The budget also fully pays for collective bargaining agreements for state employees and raises for teachers.” In June 2015, The Seattle Times reported, “Gov. Jay Inslee touted a tentative budget agreement Saturday for easing the burden of college tuition and providing the first cost-of living raises for teachers and state workers since 2008.” [AP, 7/01/15; The Seattle Times, 6/27/15]
Gov. Inslee Funded Mentoring For New Teachers. According to OFM, the 2015-17 operating budget signed by Inslee included $5 million for mentoring new teachers. “Expands the state’s Beginning Educator Support Team program to provide training and support to the nearly 5,000 new teachers entering the system in the 2015–17 biennium.” [2015-17 Operating Budget Highlights, OFM, 7/7/15]
Gov. Inslee Signed Early Start Act, Helping More Than 48,000 Children Get A High-Equality Start On Their Education. In July 2015, The Associated Press reported that Inslee signed a new early learning bill. “The Early Start Act makes the state's quality-rating system mandatory for licensed childcare facilities that receive state dollars. It also provides money for training of teachers, coaching and technical assistance to help these childcare centers reach a higher rating. Participation by centers and daycare homes that do not receive state dollars continues to be voluntary… The Early Start Act would help more than 48,000 children get a high-quality start on their educations, Inslee said.” [AP, 7/7/15]
Gov. Inslee Cut Tuition At All Of Washington’s Public Colleges & Universities. In July 2015, The Associated Press reported, “Surrounded by children, Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday signed bills to help kids on both ends of the education spectrum: a comprehensive new early learning bill and a measure that will cut college and university tuition…The College Affordability Program would cut tuition at all of Washington's public college and universities over the next two years.” [AP, 7/7/15]