Educational Success

- Cradle to Career -

One of the single biggest responsibilities facing lawmakers in the coming years is fixing our system of schooling and life-long education. There are many ideas and proposals, but we know for certain that any approach must be comprehensive, and it can't simply be reactive.

It is our duty to responsibly invest in a vision for cradle to career success for our students, for re-engagement of parents and community, and for the recognition and retention of our best educators.

Mona's Roadmap for Educational Success is built on the following 

21st Century Student Success

  • Start Early – Stay Engaged
  • 21st Century schools & tools
  • Interrupt “School to Prison Pipeline”

Balance & Fairness in Funding

  • Closing Rural / Urban Resource Gap
  • McCleary decision: symbolic of bigger challenges

Recognize & Retain the Best

  • Increase Teacher Pay
  • Veterans in the Classroom

Learning doesn't always follow a linear path, it doesn’t always begin at kindergarten, and it doesn’t always end with a 4-year college or university degree. Outdated assumptions of educational success negate our ability to effectively prepare learners, workers, and leaders for the future.

 

 
 
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Systematic change requires willingness to invest in programs that effectively close opportunity and achievement gaps - from cradle to career. 

Gaps in student achievement are often influenced by economic and social circumstances outside the walls of the school.

Failure to plan for the evolving nature of schools and learning is the same as planning to fail the children who are yet to come.

closing the opportunity gaps includes

  • Quality early learning programs targeting parent education
  • Building on the I-O-T movement to drive the I-O-L (Internet of Learning)
  • Social Impact Bonds: private monies to fund proven social interventions
  • “EARNED” community college (or equivalent) – not FREE

Teachers manage our most important assets every day. Unfortunately they aren’t paid like the people who manage your 401-K, public pension, or other investments.

The last decade has shown we can lose our nest-eggs, our homes, our jobs - and can get them back. We cannot lose a generation of children to our unwillingness to surround them with resources they need, and hope we'll make it up to them later. 

retaining the best educators includes

  • Putting a recent military veteran in every school 
  • Inflation-proof teacher salaries & expand student-loan forgiveness 
  • Transdisciplinary teaching to engage all learners at one time
  • Tying teacher pay levels in school districts to federal poverty levels 
 

Other Priorities include

  • Leveraging federal bonding authority to support local school construction
  • Supporting the integration of community services in schools like health clinics, adult education services, and childcare
  • Instituting student-based funding mechanisms to increase equity and access.
 
 
 

Compassionate Immigration

- America's Dream Realized -

As an immigrant herself, Mona understand the unique perspectives and pressures shared by the thousands of immigrant families and individuals who call Washington State home. Mona believes we must develop a compassionate approach to comprehensive immigration reform.

Mona's roadmap includes the following

Protect DAca

  • point 1
  • Point 2

Defend Sanctuary Cities

  • Ensure sanctuary cities retain access to federal funds
  • Strengthen worker protections & expand HB5 visa for seasonal immigrant labor

Path to Citizenship

 
 
 
 

Other Priorities include

  • Roll-back Trump’s Immigration “Litmus Test”
  • Expand investment in immigrant-owned small business
 
 
 

Transportation Efficiency

- Bridging east/west division -

Summary Comment - framing overview

Mona's roadmap includes the following

Summary bucket 1

  • point 1
  • Point 2

Summary Bucket 2

  • Ensure sanctuary cities retain access to federal funds
  • Strengthen worker protections & expand HB5 visa for seasonal immigrant labor

Summary Bucket 3

 
 
 

From Fruits of the valley - to ships on the seas

  • Roll-back Trump’s Immigration “Litmus Test”
  • Expand investment in immigrant-owned small business
 
 
 

Gridlocked - unreal expectations

 

Affordable Housing

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Secure Energy

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