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King County Promise Update

The Puget Sound region is about to receive a historic investment to support underserved students in education, from birth through postsecondary. King, Pierce and Snohomish counties will receive approximately $518 million dollars, collectively over the next 15 years.  The King County Council will soon decide how to spend the funds, and PSCCN is one of the lead groups organizing K-12, higher education, and community partners around a collaborative, cross- systems proposal, promoting college and career supports for students in low income King County high schools.

Recently, the King County Council passed legislation “without recommendation” to allocate funds from the Puget Sound Taxpayer Accountability Account (PSTAA) to various education-related strategies. This legislation, and a number of amendments, will go before the Council at their next meeting on August 28. We anticipate another opportunity for public testimony, and likely a final vote on the legislation.
 
The following group shared public comment in support of King County Promise in July: Warren Brown (Green River College Student), Devin Bickham (College Success Foundation), Angelica Alvarez (PSCCN & Highline School Board), Laura Dizazzo (Seattle Education Access), Guadalupe Torres (College Access Now), John Welch (PSESD) and Mercy Daramola (PSCCN); we received great feedback on our talking points and represented a great cross section of the populations that King County Promise is advocating with and for.

  • We’re encouraged by the King County Promise mention in the legislation we saw last week, but there is still much work to be done
  • Join the August King County Promise Strategy Call – Wednesday, August 14th; learn more about the legislation going before the Council on August 28th, ask questions and strategize together (contact mdaramola@psesd.org)

Here's your opportunity to be part of a historic investment in King County's young people:
King County Council - PSTAA hearing and (likely) final vote - Wednesday August 28th, 10:30am at the King County Courthouse, 516 3rd Ave Seattle, WA 98104. PLEASE PLAN TO ATTEND!