November 9, 2015
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Take Veterans Day on Nov. 11 to honor military men and women for their service and sacrifice

On Nov. 11, the nation will observe Veterans Day. It is a day that allows Americans to celebrate, honor and remember those who serve our nation and the families that sacrifice so they can protect our freedoms here and abroad.

It’s also a great time to remember the many employers go out of their way to recruit and hire military veterans as a way to help them not only support their families, but to transition from military to civilian life seamlessly. Of the many employers who focus on hiring veterans, Walmart has its “Greenlight a Vet” campaign that helps some 250,000 military veterans transitioning to civilian life every year.

Washington WorkSource, a program through the state Employment Security Department, has a web page with resources on how businesses can connect with veterans seeking employment and how veterans can find the many employers looking for quality workers that are leaving or have left military service.

Starbucks is celebrating Veterans Day in a different way – announcing today that its employees who are current members of the U.S. Armed Forces will have access to an additional free college tuition benefit that then can extend to a spouse or child. Fortune has more on the announcement.

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Children Need Options

Parent Perspective: Making A Non-Political Case For Charter Schools

By Linda Sikora

I know there are funding issues and administration issues and legislative issues and union issues... all the "yeah buts" that people stake their positions on so vehemently. Here's my "yeah but" -- I wish we could channel that passion differently, I wish the "opposed" people could have the experience I had today... to see a child's eyes light up and watch her confidence emerge. It was one of those soft, seminal moments in my life. In that moment, I knew this child's life, her trajectory, could completely change. Sometimes, the biggest changes start small -- one child at a time, one school at a time. We can figure this out, people.

Please don't close these schools.

Click here to read the full blog post via the Washington State Charter School Association
Reauthorize Ex-Im Bank

Businesses Languishing Without Ex-Im Bank; Congress, Reauthorize It

By The Seattle Times editorial Board

Hilliard's Beer is gaining popularity in Sweden, where the Seattle-based brewery planned to expand sales this year. It has also received interest from distributors in Toronto and London.

Those opportunities are now on hold since Congress failed to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank last summer.

Elected leaders must end the ideological battle over Ex-Im and revive this vital tool for U.S. companies to grow exports overseas.

Hilliard's Beer is one of hundreds of exporters that used Ex-Im to secure loan guarantees and credit insurance for international sales. The shutdown has resulted in more than $9 billion worth of deals lost, said U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.

A lot more is at stake -- last year the bank completed $27.4 billion in transactions and supported 164,000 U.S. jobs.

Click here to read the full editorial in The Seattle Times
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