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With Social Justice and Equity in Mind, Renton School District Raises the Bar for Its Students

Renton School District is truly committed to the education and well-being of its young people. A recent results report shows its efforts are paying off.

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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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