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A Strong Opening Week in Olympia

The Washington State Legislature has kicked off the 2019 Session, and there is a lot of momentum to be excited about! Four of our five Advocacy Priorities have been included in Governor Inslee’s Budget this year. We also received local news coverage that shared our concerns for the school levy cap. We are thrilled to begin a strong campaign on behalf of all Tacoma students.

What to expect from us:

  • Weekly email updates about policy movement, upcoming hearings, events and votes.
  • Text action alerts as issues take bill forms and move through […]
By |January 17th, 2019|

Tacoma Graduation Rates are at a Record High, but Budget Challenges Pose Threat

As Tacoma Public Schools leaders celebrate record-high graduation rates, the district’s budget deficit looms.

Tacoma Public Schools reached an 89.3 percent graduation rate in 2018, more than 3 percent higher than the 86.1 percent earned in 2017. It’s the highest it’s been since the state began tracking it in 2003.

“Our graduation rate has gone up for the eighth straight year,” Karen Vialle, president of the Tacoma Public Schools board of directors, said at a celebratory event on Jan. 10.

More students of color, low-income, English Language Learners (ELL) and homeless students also graduated in 2018 compared to previous years.

With recent funding challenges, […]

By |January 11th, 2019|

New to the Foundation Team: Elvin Bucu

The Foundation for Tacoma Students is thrilled to announce our new Director of Cross-Sector Partnership and Alignment, Elvin Bucu! Longtime community partner, Elvin brings nearly two decades of experience in youth development and has dedicated his career to supporting families and young people.

Currently the Director of Operations for the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound, Elvin has helped foster partnerships among organizations such as Tacoma Public Schools, UW Tacoma, Metro Parks Tacoma, YMCA and more. As a leadership team member for the Out-of-School and Summer Learning Network at Graduate Tacoma, for […]

By |January 8th, 2019|

Growing Partnerships

Esteemed Colleagues and Friends,

First, I hope 2019 has started strong for all of you. As you launch into the new year, I’d like to introduce you to a project the Graduate Tacoma movement seeks to embark upon in the coming months.

Tacoma Completes envisions a comprehensive, coordinated, community-wide system of supports helping all Tacoma Public School college-goers to access and persist through college to graduation. This project will work in the next few months to gather and build the necessary foundation to best understand what it might take to realize such a community-wide system. Ultimately, this project seeks to address the economic mobility of those students entering […]

By |January 8th, 2019|

Introducing our 2019 Policy Agenda

All of us here at the Foundation for Tacoma Students are thankful to have had some downtime before jumping into what promises to be our busiest year yet. Kicking off 2019 is the opening of the Washington State Legislative Session!
This is an exciting time for the Foundation and the Graduate Tacoma movement as we grow into becoming an even stronger advocate for every child in our community.

Throughout the 2019 Legislative Session, we will advocate for policies that

  • Allow our community to continue making deep investments in our students’ achievement;
  • Strengthen our early learning system;
  • Bring STEM resources to our students;
  • […]

By |January 7th, 2019|

Frequently Asked Questions: Advocacy at the Foundation for Tacoma Students

By |January 3rd, 2019|

Advocacy Core Principles

The Foundation for Tacoma Students envisions a Tacoma where every child succeeds in school, career and life. The Foundation’s mission is to build and strengthen Tacoma’s community-wide movement (Graduate Tacoma) to help every child achieve success from cradle to college and career.

The Foundation for Tacoma Students Advocacy Core Principles:

  1. Robust quality investments must be made in education from early learning through higher education.
  2. Closing opportunity gaps for our most structurally disadvantaged populations will require keeping equity at the center.
  3. Improving educational outcomes for all […]
By |January 3rd, 2019|

2019 Community Impact Report Forum

Join the Foundation for Tacoma Students and our Graduate Tacoma community partners for the release of the 2019 Community Impact Report and discuss the strategies we’ll use as we work together toward our community-built goal:

“By the class of 2020, we will increase by 50% both the graduation rate of Tacoma Public Schools students and those who complete a college degree or technical certificate. Success will require measuring and closing gaps in access, opportunities and achievement for all students from cradle to college and career.”

This is a great opportunity for current […]

By |November 8th, 2018|

Help Us Take A Stand for Students

Dear Partners and Friends,

It is because of the amazing community support and the universal willingness to align efforts on behalf of all students in Tacoma that we’ve made the tremendous progress we have over the past eight years.

While we at the Foundation for Tacoma Students celebrate the incredible Graduate Tacoma community-wide movement and progress, we must also recognize there are still large disparity gaps in a number of our indicators that we must address. We must continue to digest student data, align organizational efforts, and keep inspiring our educational leaders to make the […]

By |November 8th, 2018|

Annual Teacher Impact Awards

Teachers are most often a young person’s closest source of opportunity and future success. By connecting additional resources to students and teachers, the Graduate Tacoma movement lifts up the daily classroom experience to inspire and recognize the potential of every student.

The Teacher Impact Awards were instituted in 2015 to support the creative ways teachers boost student achievement every day.

To date, 83 Teacher Impact Awards have been granted, totalling $85,000. Award-winning teachers have reached 14,536 students with innovative, effective programs, tools, and curriculum that help close gaps in opportunity, access and achievement.

The 2018-19 recipients will be announced this November. It’s not […]

By |November 8th, 2018|