From Senator Jamie Pedersen's newsletter:
One of the bright spots this year has been the bipartisan agreement on the capital budget, which funds a variety of building and maintenance projects throughout the state. I was very pleased to see a large number of projects that I advocated for funded in the proposal. In particular, the capital request for Seattle Public Schools that I led for our Seattle delegation was approved in its entirety!Over in Bellevue, their schools' foundation raised over $700,000 at their annual luncheon.
Seattle Public Schools - $22M (including expansion of West Woodland Elementary)
Ardmore Elementary School Principal Chas Miller told guests that in his 11 years as a principal in other states, he’s never seen anything like the community support for education that is a cultural norm in Bellevue.The Times reports that $800,000 has been raised to cover testing costs for low-income students who are taking AP or IB tests this year.
“It’s not as if I came from a place that didn’t care about the schools, but the sheer coordination and the sheer will of so many people at the same time saying, ‘We’re going to support public education,’ was something I had never experienced in my career,” Miller said.
For the district’s youngest learners, particularly in the Title I Ardmore student population, the benefits are striking.
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