NPI's Cascadia Advocate

Offering commentary and analysis from Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, The Cascadia Advocate is the Northwest Progressive Institute's uplifting perspective on world, national, and local politics.

Category Archives: Education

Marysville School District debates parental consent policy for clubs that opponents say would violate students’ rights

Excerpt: Right wing groups and conservative parents in the Marysville School District have been urging its school board to require parental consent for students to join clubs. The proposal is fiercely opposed by many students, student advocates, and progressive organizations.
Written by:Medhya Goel
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Most Washington voters back permanently forgiving all federal student loan debt

Excerpt: 52% of 700 likely 2022 Washington State voters surveyed by Public Policy Polling for NPI back in February 2022 favor debt forgiveness for all student loan borrowers, while 44% are opposed. 4% of respondents said they were not sure. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Walla Walla students challenge book bans by reading the material some want to censor

Excerpt: Let’s not shy away from difficult discussions and sensitive topics. This is America, and in America, we acknowledge our blemishes and weaknesses as well as our strengths. 
Written by:Erin Jones
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VICTORY! School seismic safety grant bill clears state House; heads to Governor Inslee

Excerpt: Senate Bill 5933, one of NPI's top legislative priorities for 2022, received a unanimous vote of support in the House of Representatives on March 3rd, 2022, a few weeks after getting a unanimous vote in the Washington State Senate.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washingtonians want state legislators to make big investments in K‑12 public schools

Excerpt: More than three-fifths of voters in Washington State surveyed in mid-February 2022 support adding at least $2 billion more to the state's education budget to help K-12 public schools address needs stemming from the pandemic.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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February is Black History Month. It’s a good time to ask: What are you doing to make your community a better place for Black people?

Excerpt: In our fear, may we find purpose. May we leverage our collective pain and struggle to make ourselves and our communities better, Erin Jones writes.
Written by:Erin Jones
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Washington State Senate unanimously passes much needed school seismic safety grant bill

Excerpt: All forty-nine Washington State senators have voted to pass a bill that would establish a grant program to upgrade seismically vulnerable school buildings in Washington State, providing sorely needed funds to ensure our kids have safe facilities to learn in.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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School seismic safety bill passes out of Senate Ways & Means with bonding plan removed

Excerpt: The purpose of the legislation is to protect schoolchildren, faculty, volunteers, and community members from geologic hazards by modernizing decrepit, dangerous old school buildings that are vulnerable to earthquakes, tsunamis, and lahars.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Most Washington voters think upgrading our seismically vulnerable school buildings is a state responsibility, NPI poll finds

Excerpt: The finding, unveiled by NPI at a public hearing in the Senate Ways & Means Committee, affirms that voters see the Legislature as principally responsible for upholding the state's paramount duty to "make ample provision" for the education of all of the state's children, as the Framers of the Constitution intended when they wrote Washington's plan of government.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Big news! Meaningful school seismic safety bills have been introduced in the Legislature

Excerpt: The bills (HB 2095 and SB 5933) would create a school seismic safety grant program, backed by general obligation bonds that would need to be voter-approved in a special statewide vote to be held in November of 2022.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Transformative change comes from dialogue, not talking points, canvassing experts say

Excerpt: At Netroots Nation 2021, attendees were treated to a panel discussion on deep canvassing, which can get results that traditional canvassing methods can't. Read our recap of the discussion.
Written by:Caya Berndt
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Anti-racist organizers recognized with Black Education Matters Student Activist Awards

Excerpt: Meet the three young people recognized for their anti-racist leadership by the Black Education Matters Student Activist Award.
Written by:Emma Goolsby
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Bringing racial equity into focus in our schools and beyond: A letter to education leaders

Excerpt: Read Erin Jones' ideas for implementing racial equity in Washington State schools, inspired by conversations she had with educators.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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COVID-19 Update: Districts accelerate their planning for the 2020–2021 school year

Excerpt: A return to in-person classroom learning is being contemplated by school administrators across the region, but students and faculty will need to observe physical distancing protocols.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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