At Teachers United we believe the most important in-school factor impacting student achievement is the effectiveness of the teacher in the classroom. Yet, the effectiveness of even the best teachers is limited when necessary support programs, capital projects, and wrap-around services for students are absent.

This session the Washington State Legislature is expected to deliver a budget that fully funds K-12 education. In that budget we call for:

Continue the momentum of new investment in our schools  

  • Pass a capital budget to fund construction of desperately needed schools and new classroom facilities

  • Reduce the tax burden on low-income Washingtonians

  • Finds sustainable, progressive, ongoing, statewide funding sources

Target new revenue toward closing the opportunity gap

  • Direct new revenue primarily toward our most vulnerable students and schools

  • Fund additional support staff and wrap-around services for students at high-need schools

  • Provide targeted funding to bring effective, gap-closing programs to scale at high-need urban and rural schools

Create a competitive and equitable teacher compensation model

  • Create pilot programs for hybrid teacher leaders that allow veteran teachers to lead while remaining in the classroom

  • Continue stipends for National Board Certified Teachers

  • Provide funding for increased non-instructional time within the work day for collaboration