In this edition, you'll read about the Quality Education Council's efforts to change the way Washington pays for education, and the work this panel is doing to help the state create a plan for all-day kindergarten and high-quality preschool. You'll also find an opinion piece about a school district's proposed policy to limit all-day kindergarten to children in families who can pay for it, and about a decrease in the number of families making use of child care subsidies.
The committee trying to reform the way the state pays for
education gets back to work next week amid bleak prospects for new
money. The Quality Education Council also plans to collaborate with the Department of Early
Learning to create a plan for state support for all-day kindergarten and
The Port Orchard School District is considering a policy that
many other districts have adopted with little or no sign of opposition:
giving all-day kindergarten to kids whose parents can pay, while
offering only half-day kindergarten to children in families that can't
afford the all-day fee.
Child care subsidies offer working poor parents a crucial boost
up the economic ladder, helping them keep jobs and move on to better
paying work. But, the number of families using these subsidies actually
dropped in recent years. ... A few possibilities: changing state-level
requirements; shifting economic needs during the recession and state
decisions on allocating resources.
Starting on June 1, sales of candy and gum will be subject to
the state sales tax -- part of the nearly $800 million tax package
approved by the Legislature this year. But not all candy, as Jason
Mercier details at the Washington Policy Center blog. Basically, sweets
containing flour aren't taxable. (The Children's Alliance took a leading role in advocating for taxing candy and soda to raise revenue needed to protect vital services for children and families across the state.)
One of every three children in
America is overweight or at risk of becoming too heavy. In a Q&A, Acting Deputy
Surgeon General Dr. David Rutstein talks about how his office sets priorities for tackling childhood obesity.