The College Promise Coalition announced its 2013 legislative agenda, today, January 31st. Among the coalition’s top priorities are; preserving access to higher education, protecting financial aid sources and increasing funding for colleges and universities.
Founded in 2011, the Coalition is an “unprecedented partnership that brings together advocates for Washington colleges and universities, alongside students, parents, faculty, alumni, education advocates and leaders in business and labor, in order to urge the legislature to make higher education a top priority in our state.”
Calling on the legislature to not only avoid cutting higher education, but to find a long-term solution that addresses the sustained funding crisis facing colleges and universities in Washington State, the agenda outlines a cradle-to-college approach to education. This emphasizes the importance of maintaining access higher education for Washington families and asks that legislators find a budget solution that reinvests in higher education and protects financial aid programs including Work Study and the College Bound Scholarship Program.
The Coalition plans on being an active participant during the 2013 session and the Government Relations office will keep you apprised of their activities.