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Parent Voices: “Education Opens Doors”

Why do education and high expectations matter to Washington parents?

“Freedom of education opens doors in the future,” said Brandon, a Kent School District parent.

“Education and lifelong learning are going to get you where you really want to go,” said Christina, a North Thurston School District parent.

“It’s important to me that my kids get a quality education because it’s setting them up for success with the rest of their life,” said Julie, a parent in the Kent School District.

These are just a few of the reasons that parents shared for placing a high value on education for their students.

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“College is an Opportunity”

The word “college” means different things to different people. For some, college means a 4-year experience at a large university. For others, it means pursuit of an associate’s degree or a credential earned through community or technical college. Whatever college means for you, one thing is true: completing a post-high school education or training program and earning a credential is essential, be it a degree, apprenticeship, or certificate. Students with a credential will earn nearly $1 million more in their lifetime. They will also open the door to the more than 700,000 job openings coming to Washington state by 2021.

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Mandy Manning: “Believe in Yourself”

Washington’s 2018 Teacher of the Year Mandy Manning has dedicated her life to helping her students develop confidence, so they can be successful long after high school. Ready Washington’s latest Teacher of the Year video captures Manning’s work as an English and math teacher at the Newcomer Center at Spokane’s Ferris High School.

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State Learning Standards & Testing

FLYER: This fact sheet — available in 16 languages — provides key information about Washington K-12 Learning Standards & Assessments, why they’re important, and how parents can support their students.

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Pathways to Great Jobs in WA

REPORT: There will be 740,000 job openings in Washington in the next five years. The majority of job opportunities—particularly those that will support upward mobility and good quality of life—will be filled with workers who have postsecondary education or training.

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