The Seattle Times Education Lab presents: How do we fully fund education? JUNE 1, 2016 6PM-8:30PM


The Seattle Times Education Lab invites you to an in-depth discussion about school funding in Washington state that will feature a facilitated discussion to help you understand the range of perspectives on the issues, and a chance to share your own views.

We'll begin checking in guests at 5:30 p.m. The event will begin promptly at 6 p.m. 

In the first part of the event, a professional facilitator will lead a conversation with selected education advocates and policymakers who are deeply immersed in the debate. The goal is to foster greater understanding rather than rancor.

Then everyone will have a chance to talk with each other -- and as a group -- about what stood out to them.

We’re excited to experiment with this format because we think it will provide more insight and information than a standard panel discussion or debate. Our hope is that the conversation provides perspectives that legislators will consider as they decide how to fulfill the Supreme Court’s McCleary decision.

Here are the people who will take part in the facilitated discussion: 

  • Mary Fertakis, Tukwila School District board member

  • Liv Finne, director of the Center for Education at Washington Policy Center

  • Eden Mack, board member of Washington’s Paramount Duty

  • Rep. Chad Magendanz (R- Issaquah), member of the state Legislature's Education Funding Task Force

  • Jim McIntire, Washington state treasurer

  • Kelly Munn, state field director for the League of Education Voters

  • Sharonne Navas, co-founder and executive director of the Equity in Education Coalition

  • Stephen Nielsen, deputy superintendent, Seattle Public Schools

  • Sen. Christine Rolfes (D-Bainbridge Island), member of the state Legislature's Education Funding Task Force

  • Lyon Terry, Seattle Public Schools teacher and the 2015 Washington State Teacher of the Year

Space is limited so reserve your ticket early! If tickets are sold out, you can put yourself on the waitlist and more tickets may become available.

When: Wednesday, June 1, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)

Where :Pacific Tower - 1200 12th Avenue South Panoramic Center, Seattle, WA 98144

DACA Reaches the Supreme Court

DACA Reaches the Supreme Court

US v. Texas has now reached the highest court in the nation. On April 18, 2016 the US Supreme Court heard the oral arguments of both sides of US v. Texas, the case that is the center of the fight for DAPA and Expanded DACA. This means that the Supreme Court listened to the reasoning behind why Texas and other States are suing the US Government. Texas and other States are claiming that creating the new programs, DAPA and Expanded DACA, would be too much of a financial burden. However, the Obama administration is arguing that DAPA and Expanded DACA would bring in revenue to the state because of taxes.

The Supreme Court has yet to make a ruling on DAPA and Expanded DACA, but a decision should be expected in June 2016. Until then, what happens to DAPA and Expanded DACA will remain unclear, but there is good support for these programs.

In the meantime:

  • DACA is still in effect, so if you or someone you know might be eligible for DACA, get screened today by calling 206-579-1255 or visit

  • If you or someone you know might be eligible for DAPA or Expanded DACA get screened, save money, and start preparing your evidence (applications are not available yet).

  • If you are an advocate, you can spread the word and inform others of about this important issue. Share this fun and short video about what’s happening: 

Be Part of Our Panel & Help Design A Portion of 21 P's office!

While Taylor Swift is writing her partners' names on her blank space, 21 Progress wants to fill ours  with social justice artwork!

We're looking for people in our programs to be part of our community panel that gets to decide what the gallery looks like - what pieces we'll buy, how they're displayed... And who better to create the gallery than YOU - the people we love to serve?!

Don't miss out on this cool opportunity to design a portion of 21P's office!

Contact Francesca at if interested :)