Alongside and outside of the state legislative session, LEV engages in other work that vitally supports our advocacy priorities, strengthens collaborations, and amplifies the voices of essential community members and partners.
Through our Lunchtime LEVinars, LEV hosted a number of public discussions around topics such as supporting multilingual students, advancing educator diversity, the role of K-12 schools in addressing racially motivated violence, reimagining education, and much more, focusing especially on raising up the experiences and perspectives of BIPOC students, families, educators, and community members. Through our LEVinars, we also kept viewers informed of important legislative session bills, such as the Fair Start for Kids Act, and facilitated Q&As with legislators and state officials, such as Washington state Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal.
LEV is also a member of a number of different coalitions in Washington that work together closely on policy advocacy priorities, as well as community engagement and organizing efforts. LEV helps to lead the Investing in Student Potential (ISP) coalition, which supports students with disabilities and organizes a yearly Advocacy Day for students and families across the state. In addition, LEV is a long-time member of the Early Learning Action Alliance (ELAA), which was instrumental in passing the Fair Start for Kids Act this past session. As members of the Every Student Counts Alliance (ESCA — a group of advocates, parents, and community leaders seeking to reform school discipline in Spokane), the Youth Development Strategy Table (YDST), and conveners of the School-to-Prison Pipeline Legislative Working Table, LEV has been engaged on key issues around student supports, social-emotional and mental health, school discipline, and school culture. Most recently, LEV has been an active member of the newly formed Black Joy Consortium for Reimagining Education, a group of grassroots and grass-tops advocates centered on the needs of Black students and families in Washington state. Offering leadership capacity over the past year, LEV helped create the policy analysis framework and community engagement framework for the group, and currently staffs and facilitates its Community Engagement Subgroup.
LEV works toward system change in a number of ways, including engaging in advocacy around the state rule-making process as state agencies update or create new administrative code to support the implementation of policies. Over the last year, this included providing feedback and suggested language to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the Washington state Board of Education (SBE) as they engage in the process of updating the Washington Administrative Code around special education and emergency waivers to graduation requirements, respectively. We engaged in several rounds of advocacy from summer of 2020 to spring of 2021 with OSPI as they updated the administrative code around special education. Our advocacy focused on stronger verbiage concerning language access for families and the role of meaningful family engagement in the Individualized Educational Program (IEP) process to support students who access special education services.
Read the full report: League of Education Voters Foundation Annual Report 2020-2021 (PDF)
2019-2020 report: League of Education Voters Foundation Annual Report 2019-2020 (PDF)
2018-2019 report: League of Education Voters Foundation Annual Report 2018-2019 (PDF)
2017 report: League of Education Voters Foundation Annual Report 2017 (PDF)
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