Advocacy and Public Policy2019-07-02T12:37:26-07:00

ADVOCACY AND PUBLIC POLICY


Beginning in 2019, the Foundation for Tacoma Students — the backbone 501c3 nonprofit supporting the Graduate Tacoma community movement — will advocate for legislation to increase resources for the very student supports that have enabled our collective Tacoma to increase graduation rates and close disparity gaps.

We are launching this work at a critical time for Tacoma students, families and educators. Tacoma Public Schools faces a large budget deficit as a result of the revised basic education funding formula from Washington State. The subsequent cuts in programming and staff will deeply impact the Graduate Tacoma movement and makes our collective work more important than ever to ensure that we keep the same standard of services for all students in Tacoma, specifically for those most in need.

The Foundation for Tacoma Students will selectively address impactful local, regional and state policy issues that will further our goals of every child in Tacoma achieving success from cradle to college and career. Our primary focus is to elevate the Tacoma/Pierce County voice in agendas that otherwise have not had our strong presence. Now is the time to build a strong and adept approach to advocate for policies that disrupt long-standing inequities for historically underserved communities like ours.

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 ADVOCACY NEWS


Community Senate Testimonies 

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Director of Advocacy and Policy, April Shine, and  Tacoma Arts Live Education Manager, Tony Gomez testified in front of the Senate Committee on February 25, 2019, in favor of the Levy Equalization bill.

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Statewide School Levy ‘Fix’ Has Put Tacoma in a Fix

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Community partners from Tacoma Arts Live, Hilltop Artists, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Metro Parks Tacoma, and the Foundation for Tacoma Students join forces to share Tacoma’s extraordinary story of collective impact.

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Planning for a Career with Next Move

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As the Washington State Legislature considers raising the enrichment levy lid that will help plug a $30M budget shortfall for TPS, we are taking a look at some of the programs those levy dollars have funded in the past. Over the years, the Next Move internship has introduced hundreds of students to their future careers, like YMCA Youth Program Director Christian Isaac.

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Tacoma Schools Take Victory Lap for Graduation Rate, Sets Sights on Olympia

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Tacoma Public School District officials, teachers, and community partners held a short-and-sweet celebration last week to mark the release of its graduation figures. Now the district will focus on lawmakers in Olympia to shore up state funding for schools. So far the district has been forced to lay off staff and foresees more cuts with a projected shortfall of $38 million next year.

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FOUNDATION FOR TACOMA STUDENTS 2019 ADVOCACY PRIORITIES


POLICY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Rachel Haas
First 5 Fundamentals
Project Child Success Manager

Kacey Guin
Greater Tacoma Community Foundation
Director

Dean Kelly
Clover Park Technical College
Dean of Student Success

Joshua Knudson
University of Washington Tacoma
Vice Chancellor for Advancement

JR. Nobles
Tacoma MESA
Director