January 30, 2017
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SB 5183 and HB 1282: Career and technical education funding

Career and technical education (CTE) courses provide 21st century skills that Washington state’s employers are looking for. Providing CTE courses in the K-12 system provides options for our diverse student population in their K-12 education which translates into long-term high-paying careers once they leave the K-12 system.

The costs for CTE courses can be significantly more expensive because of the equipment and faculty expertise needed. It is important that the funding formula for CTE materials, supplies, and operating costs, orMSOCs, is adequate to support the programs.

AWB testified in support of Senate Bill 5183 (HB 1282) this past week. Unfortunately, the CTE funding bills have been somewhat stalled awaiting basic education funding proposals.

Contact Amy Anderson, AWB government affairs director for education and workforce development, to learn more.

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Kudos to Microsoft for bold public-policy goals for Washington state

By The Seattle Times Editorial Board

Microsoft is taking its regional public service to a new level with the release of an ambitious legislative agenda for Washington state.

Under its president, Brad Smith, the company has increasingly advocated for education, transportation and economic development.

Recognizing that the entire state has unmet needs, the company is broadening its agenda beyond the Puget Sound area. Best of all, Microsoft is offering to help incubate and partly fund several new programs to get them launched.

The public benefits from such corporate citizens providing thoughtful and supportive engagement on critical policy issues.

Read the full editorial in The Seattle Times
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