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2013 Families and Education Levy Summer Learning Grant Recipients



Mayor McGinn, Seattle Public School officials, community leaders, and local students and parents gathered at Northgate Elementary School to announce the beginning of a city-wide investment plan to support summer learning programs – the first of its kind – included in the 2011 Families and Education Levy.

The Levy will invest in school and community-based programs serving students entering Seattle Public Schools’ elementary, middle and high schools in order to provide struggling students with additional learning time to avoid summer learning loss and catch up with their peers.

“We know that summer learning loss disproportionately affects low-income students. Research shows that summer learning loss is estimated to account for 2/3 of the literacy achievement gap in the primary grades,” said McGinn. “By funding summer learning programs across the city, we will help close the achievement gap and reinforce our commitment to all students.”

The summer learning proposals represent a variety of partnerships between schools, Community Based Organizations (CBO) and the City. Among recipients is the Northgate Summer Academy, a collaborative program created by the Seattle Human Services Department, the Seattle Public Library, Seattle Parks and Recreation and Northgate Elementary School. This program will use innovative academic interventions and engaging enrichment opportunities to provide a supportive and creative learning environment essential to student success. All recipient programs, like Northgate Summer Academy, will provide families with unique, nontraditional methods to enhance the learning experience.

This is the first time the Levy has included funds for summer learning. Recognizing the need to offer extended learning opportunities to some students, the Levy planning committee designed a plan to use Levy funding for that purpose. The Office for Education (OFE) carried out a Request for Investment (RFI) process from Oct. 2012 to Jan. 2013 to award funds for the summer of 2013. Schools and Community Based Organizations, alone or in partnership, were encouraged to apply. Nine organizations have been awarded funds equaling $903,924, which will be used to benefit more than 950 students this year.

Recipients include:

Seattle Parks and Recreation
Seattle Public Schools
The Denise Louie Education Center
Denny International Middle School
YMCA of Greater Seattle
YMCA 9th Grade Transition
Refugee Women’s Alliance
Southwest Youth and Family Services

Programs awarded funds this year will continue to receive Levy funds through summer 2019 contingent on meeting performance targets. The Levy is expected to provide funding for summer learning programs at all grade levels totaling $17.2 million over 7 years.

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Seattle Youth Violence Initiative

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In Seattle youth violence is lower than in many other cities of its size but the injury or death of even one young person is too much. The Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative helps to ensure that we have safe youth and a safe community.



Impacts of Sequestration in Washington State and what you can do



The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) at the White House, released a report late last week detailing the impact of the across the board cuts – referred to as sequestration – which are scheduled for January 2013. The report confirmed that affordable housing and important safety-net programs will be devastated by deep cuts when sequestration occurs.

Here are some of the cuts housing programs will be facing:

· Tenant-based rental assistance cut by $1.53 billion
· Project-based rental assistance cut by $772 million
· Public Housing Operating Funds cut by $235 million
· Public housing capital funds cut by $154 million
· HOME Investment Partnership program cut by $82 million
· Housing counseling assistance cut by $4 million

These cuts will be brutal to the individuals and families that depend on these programs. More than 185,000 households nationwide will lose their Section 8 vouchers, and 92,400 households will lose their project-based rental assistance. $156 million will be cut from Homeless Assistance Grants, resulting in 145,900 people remaining homeless instead of being helped.





JOBS! thru WorkSource – Workforce Development Councils

Workforce Development Councils (WDCs) assure quality services to customers in the implementation of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).

The WDCs provide workforce development planning and promote coordination between education, training and employment efforts in their communities.

To inquire about services, contact one of the Workforce Development Councils below or a WorkSource Center or Affiliate.

Olympic Workforce Development Area
Serving Jefferson, Clallam, and Kitsap Counties
Steve Frazier, Director
Workforce Development Council
614 Division Street, MS-23
Port Orchard, WA 98366
Phone (360) 337-7185
FAX (360) 337-7187
Email Margaret Hess, WorkSource Area Director
1300 Sylvan Way
Bremerton, WA 98310
(360) 337-4747

Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Area
Serving Grays Harbor, Mason, Thurston, Pacific and Lewis Counties
Cheryl Fambles
Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council
150 Technology Way, Suite 160
Elma, WA 98541
Phone: 360-482-1700
Fax: 360-482-1715

Todd Dixon, WorkSource Area Director
1570 Irving St SW
Tumwater, WA 98512
Phone: (360) 570-4231

Northwest Workforce Development Area
Serving Whatcom, Skagit San Juan and Island Counties
Gay Dubigk, Northwest Workforce Council Executive Director
P.O.Box 2009
Bellingham, WA 98227
Phone (360) 676-1521
FAX (360) 671-4948
Email Carole Jean “CJ” Seitz, WorkSource Area Director
P.O. Box 938
Bellingham WA 98227
(360) 676-3204

Snohomish County Workforce Development Area
Serving Snohomish County
Sue Ambler, President and CEO
Workforce Development Council
728 134th Street SW Suite 128
Everett, WA 98204
Phone (425) 921-3477
FAX (425) 921-3484
Email Julie Lord, WorkSource Area Director
3201 Smith Ave. Suite 114
Everett WA 98201
(425) 258-6360

Seattle-King County Workforce Development Area
Serving King County
Marléna Sessions, Chief Executive Officer
Workforce Development Council
Market Place One, Suite 250
2003 Western Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121-2162
Phone (206) 448-0474
FAX (206) 448-0484
Greta Kaas-Lent, WorkSource Area Director
2707 I Street NE
Auburn WA 98002
(253) 804-1157

Tacoma-Pierce County Workforce Development Area
Serving Pierce County
Linda Nguyen, Executive Director
Workforce Development Council
3650 S. Cedar St
Tacoma, WA 98409
Phone (253) 254-7607
FAX (253) 830-5227
Email Carmen Cook, WorkSource Area Director
1305 Tacoma Ave South #201
Tacoma WA 98402
(253) 680-2888

Southwest Washington Workforce Development Area
Serving Wahkiakum, Cowlitz and Clark Counties
Jeanne Bennett, Executive Director
Workforce Development Council
805 Broadway Street, Suite 412
Vancouver, WA 98660
Phone (360) 567-1070
FAX (360) 567-1054
Email Robert Brown, WorkSource Area Director
5411 East Mill Plain Blvd. Suite 15
Vancouver WA 98661
(360) 735-4950

North Central Workforce Development Area
Serving Okanogan, Chelan, Douglas, Adams and Grant Counties
Dave Petersen, Director
Workforce Development Council
P.O. Box 2360
234 N. Mission Avenue
Wenatchee, WA 98807-2360
Phone (509) 663-3091
FAX (509) 667-1562
Email Marcia Henkle, WorkSource Area Director
P.O. Box 1927
Wenatchee WA 98807-1927
(509) 665-3733

South Central Workforce Development Area
Serving Yakima, Kittitas, Klickitat and Skamania Counties
Patrick Baldoz, Director
Workforce Development Council
120 So. 3rd, Suite 200-A
Yakima, WA 98901
Phone (509) 574-1950
FAX (509) 574-1951
Email Ignacio Marquez, WorkSource Area Director
306 Division
Yakima WA 98902
(509) 574-0123

Eastern Washington Partnership Workforce Development Area
Serving Ferry, Pend Oreille, Garfield, Stevens, Lincoln Whitman, Columbia, Walla Walla and Asotin Counties
Tom O’Brien, Director, Workforce Development Council
Rural Resources Community Action
956 S. Main, Ste. B
Colville, WA 99114
Phone (509) 684-8421
FAX (509) 685-6094
Email Jennie Weber, WorkSource Area Director
1530 Stevens
Walla Walla WA 99362
(509) 527-1801

Benton-Franklin Workforce Development Area
Serving Benton and Franklin Counties
Cos Edwards, Executive Director
Workforce Development Council
815 North Kellogg Street, Suite C
Kennewick, WA 99336
Phone (509) 734-5984
FAX (509) 734-5999
Email Michelle Mann, WorkSource Area Director
815 North Kellogg Suite D
Kennewick WA 99336
(509) 734-5945

Spokane Workforce Development Area
Serving Spokane County
Mark Mattke, Workforce Strategy & Planning Director
Workforce Development Council
808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.
Room 606, City Hall
Spokane, WA 99201
Phone (509) 625-6210
FAX (509) 625-6929
Email John Dickson, WorkSource Area Director
130 S. Arthur Street
Spokane, WA 99202
Phone: (509) 532-3030

Source: WorkSource


Family Symposium scheduled for Oct. 20 at Chief Sealth International High School

Families, students, staff and community members of Seattle Public Schools are invited to participate in the annual Family Symposium scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 20 at Chief Sealth International High School.

The goal of the symposium is to support families as fundamental partners in their student’s academic success. SPS will offer workshops and other resources for families and community partners to help support student academic achievement at home and in the community.

The symposium, which runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., includes a resource fair with community booths and activities for children ages 4 and up. Families will learn how to support their children in the areas of early learning, math, reading and writing, college and career readiness, special education, essay writing for college entrance, graduation requirements and four-year planning, and financial planning. A light continental breakfast and lunch will also be provided.

In addition, SPS enrollment specialists will be available to help parents complete early enrollment paperwork for the 2013-14 school year, and interpreters will be provided.

For more information, call Bernardo Ruiz at (206) 252-0693.



McGinn hires respected L.A. adviser Connie Rice

Mayor Mike McGinn took two significant steps Tuesday in the wake of the city’s settlement with the Department of Justice, announcing a long-delayed reappointment of the civilian director who oversees police internal investigations and hiring a nationally recognized civil-rights attorney who played a key role in spurring widely praised police reforms in Los Angeles.

McGinn nominated Kathryn Olson, who oversees the Police Department’s Office of Professional Accountability (OPA), to the job she has continued to hold without required City Council confirmation after her initial three-year term officially expired more than two years ago.