State Superintendent Chris Reykdal will announce formal adoption of Washington state’s arts standards at Elk Plain School of Choice in Spanaway, Wednesday, March 22, at 10 a.m.
Reykdal will be joined by Deb Merle, Gov. Jay Inslee’s Senior Policy Advisor for education; Michael J. Sandner, Director of Arts Education & Curriculum Integration, Bethel School District; Chad Honig, Elk Plain School of Choice principal; and invited guests.
King County seeking sales tax increase for access to the arts. From the West Seattle blog:
Arts, science, and cultural education and access in King County would
get a $67 million a year boost if a sales-tax increase proposed by King
County Executive Dow Constantine is passed by voters.
Today he sent the County Council a proposal for the August ballot,
seeking to increase the county sales tax by a tenth of a cent per dollar
spent. The measure dubbed “Access for All” would generate an estimated $469 million over the seven-year life of the proposal.
The funding will focus on four primary areas:
Education for Kids: Students at all 19 King County
school districts will see a dramatic increase in free access to
curriculum-related art, science and heritages programs, both in-class
and at cultural sites, with an emphasis on underserved students. Twenty
percent of Access for All funding will ensure access for public school
students, including transportation for students and in-class
Equity and Inclusion: Recognizing that philanthropic
funding for arts, heritage and science has historically been
distributed inequitably, Access for All will intentionally provide
higher levels of funding to community-based organizations that serve
communities of opportunity. An Equity Advisory Committee will be
established to evaluate progress toward achieving equity goals and
Opening Doors for All: Families and seniors who earn
a lower income will receive free or low-cost admission to nearly 40
major arts, science and heritage organizations, including Woodland Park
Zoo, Seattle Aquarium, Pacific Science Center, Museum of Flight and
others. Everyone in King County will have the opportunity to experience
diverse performances and programs.
Investing in Local Communities: Cultural
organizations such as heritage museums, organizations that serves
communities that are underserved, botanical gardens, children theaters
and music training programs, and local art and science groups throughout
King County will be able to use the additional funding to meet their
specific programming needs and provide enhanced cultural activities.
Funds will be collected by King County and awarded by 4Culture
through public panels and contracts for service that call for each
recipient to provide continual, measurable public benefits. Every
organization that receives public funding through Access for All will
provide ongoing documentation of program benchmarks, visitors serviced,
and community impact. Their reports, site visits, audits, and program
evaluations will be available to the public.
You can read the legislation in its entirety on the county website, here.
No date yet for a County Council vote on sending it to the ballot.