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Progress in the Pacific Northwest

The Pacific Northwest foundation team provided nearly $40 million in funding to support programs creating opportunities for all children to thrive in stable families, great schools, and strong communities. During the past year, we saw some great progress and incredible wins to help children and families thrive—everything from launching a new way to help homeless families, to winning millions of additional federal dollars for Washington students.

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Reporting Results to Spur Action

The first Results Report is out from the Seattle-area Road Map Project -and it is encouraging. Just last month, the region received a $40 million Race to the Top federal education grant for the great work being done in King County.

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How Many Meetings Would You Go to for $40 million?

A consortium of seven school districts under the banner of the Puget Sound Educational Service District, won the largest award possible in the US Department of Education’s Race to the Top – District competition: $40 million. (http://www.roadmapproject.org/2012/king-county-school-districts-win-40-million-race-to-the-top-grant/)

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Kudos to Collaboration

Collaborative work in Seattle and neighboring South King County involves seven school districts, five community colleges, and lots of early learning and other community organizations. We’re two years into this work, and an early finding was the paucity
of connections among the school districts (and similarly, amongst the community colleges), even though their student populations are very similar to each other, and each district struggles with many of the same challenges.

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Road Map Project Wins All-America City Award

Kudos to Seattle and South King County cities which have won a 2012 All-America city award – based on the region’s plans to improve reading levels. The region is dedicated to increasing the number of low-income students reading at grade level by the end of third grade.

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