In this week's edition, you'll find an article about a bill that would change state law language around "at-risk" children, an opinion piece supporting early education as a 2010 priority, and an article looking at the future of federal children's health coverage.
Nine Democratic senators have filed a bill that would remove
from state law any references to school kids that are considered
negative. Instead, all such references – such as at-risk, in-poverty
and disadvantaged – would be replaced with the phrase "kids at-hope."
The News Tribune's editorial board discuss its agenda for
community action in 2010. Highlights include supporting early learning
and protecting the "safety net" and access to social services for
As Democratic Congressional leaders work to merge the House
and Senate versions of major health care legislation, a big question is
what they will do about the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP),
which now provides coverage to more than nine million children and
pregnant women and is expected to cover more than 14 million by 2013.
“The country has made remarkable progress in covering kids in recent
years because of the success of CHIP and its companion program,
Medicaid,” said Jocelyn A. Guyer, co-executive director of the Center
for Children and Families at Georgetown University.
A decision by Seattle Children's hospital to close its
after-hours clinic in Seattle, but not in Bellevue, was a result of
changes in health-care delivery and economics, not a reaction to
Seattle blocking expansion plans for its Laurelhurst campus, a top
About six million Americans receiving food stamps report they
have no other income, according to an analysis of state data collected
by The New York Times. In their state-by-state analysis, they show that
Washington saw a 56 percent increase between June 2007 and June 2009 on
those who subsist on food stamps without other income.
Unlike most education advocates, Washington schools chief
Randy Dorn doesn’t get depressed thinking about the 2010 legislative
session. The state superintendent of public instruction said lawmakers
know they have very little choice; they have to find new money to pay
for essential programs. Education cuts proposed in the governor’s
supplemental budget include: Saving $10.5 million by cutting preschool
for 3-year-olds in low-income areas.
After spending more than 40 years working in child-welfare
agencies on the East Coast and in the Midwest, Denise Revels Robinson
is taking on the state Children's Administration. The agency she
inherits, with an annual budget of more than $500 million, is tasked
with investigating child abuse and neglect, protecting vulnerable
children, determining when family reconciliation is possible and
running the state's foster-care and adoption system.
A new report says that the cumulative cuts in state spending
are shortchanging opportunity, education and social services in
Washington state. The report from the Washington State Budget &
Policy Center looks at the cuts made last year and proposed by Gov.
Chris Gregoire for the coming year.
The Budget & Policy Center is releasing an analysis of
Governor Gregoire's supplemental budget for the FY09-11 biennium. For
the second year in a row, the Governor’s budget proposes deep cuts to
core public services in response to the continuing economic and fiscal
crisis in the state.