The Foundation for Tacoma Students would like to share this opportunity to work in partnership and operationalize Juneteenth as a company paid holiday. We tenaciously believe that this acknowledgment is an important step toward our ongoing commitment to anti-racism
Gov. Inslee is calling for education related programs to be maintained – a noticeable divergence from last year’s conversation around program budget cuts. Legislators also introduced The Fair Start for Kids Act addressing the child care crisis.
All meetings, hearings, and testimonies for the 2021 legislative session will be happen virtually. This provides constitutes with more access and opportunity to be heard by their elected officials than ever before. Whether it’s tracking a bill or testifying in front of a committee, we’ve compiled a list of resources to keep you connected and engaged during this unprecedented session.
Foundation for Tacoma Students board member Grant Hosford testified in front of the Senate committee in favor of a bill regarding the development of comprehensive school counseling programs. As a retired principal and counselor, Grant has witnessed firsthand the impact that school counselors have on the social, emotional, and educational success of youth.
With the opening of the 2021 Legislative Session, we focus our efforts on the role and influence we play personally and professionally in our community. It will require collective action for us to advance student-centered education amid the disruptions, disconnections, and trauma brought about by the pandemic. A remote legislative session provides us all with more opportunities than ever before to support working parents and the resiliency of their children – both of which are key to building vibrant, flourishing communities.
White Papers: Safeguard Funding for Community-Based Organizations Offering Youth Development Programs
Children’s growth doesn’t begin and end with the school day. For many foster youth, homeless youth, youth involved in the justice system, low-income youth, and children of color, community organizations…
Effective advocacy by the Tacoma-Pierce County community prompted Gov. Jay Inslee to issue an Executive Order creating a temporary opt-in for the College Bound Scholarship, but legislative action in the 2021 session is needed to ensure that this path to college for students from low-income families becomes permanent state policy.
During the pandemic, anomalous and unpredictable fluctuations in student enrollments are creating a misleading picture of expected enrollments in 2021, which will affect the calculations of the Office of the…
Each of Washington’s 460,000 children under the age of 5 deserves the chance to enter kindergarten ready, healthy, and with the support they need to begin a lifetime of learning. …
Amidst a tumultuous summer, the Foundation piloted a Racial Equity Organizational Assessment tool. We spoke to five organizations participating in the Community Learning Fund to reflect on the weeks following the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Manuel Ellis, Rayshard Brooks, and Jacob Blake. They shared how their work became newly defined in the last year and signaled a turning point to double down on their efforts to be anti-racist.