Washington STEM informs critical policy decisions

Washington STEM is the go-to resource for Washington policymakers at the state and federal level. We provide non-partisan policy recommendations, inspiring stories of STEM in action, top facts, and actionable insights of what works here in Washington. 

Washington STEM informs critical policy decisions

Washington STEM is the go-to resource for Washington policymakers at the state and federal level. We provide non-partisan policy recommendations, inspiring stories of STEM in action, top facts, and actionable insights of what works here in Washington. 

We work with communities across the state to develop our state policy agenda to ensure state investments and policies drive the best outcomes for Washington’s students and economy.

With the support  our 10 STEM Networks and King County partners, we’ve created a policy agenda for 2021 that is focused on creating opportunity for students of color, students from low-income backgrounds, students living in rural areas, and girls and young women.

For a description of how we review bills and decide which ones to support, check our Washington STEM Legislative Priorities Evaluation Framework.

Washington STEM policy priorities for the 2021 legislative session:

  • Early Learning: Comprehensive Early learning and childcare reform with high quality, accessible and affordable options for families.
  • Career Pathways: maintenance of funding for Workforce Investment Education Account which funds student aid & career connected learning.
  • Statewide Office of Equity
  • Broadband expansion & Digital equity
  • Equitable access to Dual Credit programs

For a printable version of our 2021 legislative agenda, please click here.

The Washington STEM Advocacy Coalition

The Washington STEM Advocacy Coalition exists to collect and distribute information focused on statewide education policy and to provide feedback and evidence-based recommendations to the Washington Legislature.

Members of this advocacy coalitions will:

  • Receive weekly email updates and action alerts during the 2021 legislative session.
  • Be invited to weekly 30 minutes session update calls on Friday at noon during the 2021 legislative session.

If you would like to join this advocacy coalition, fill out this sign-up form. Please note that your acceptance to be a part of the Washington STEM Advocacy Coalition will be based on the alignment of your priorities and interests with Washington STEM’s mission and legislative goals.

2020 Session Law

  • For a summary of the education-related bills that Washington STEM was tracking and signed into law, click here.
  • For a full review of education-related bills introduced during this session, including the ones that did not pass, click here. Thank you to our partners at the League of Education Voters for their exhaustive tracking tool.
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