Access to a quality education is our state’s paramount duty. We must invest in education, from early learning through higher education, to ensure that our children have the best opportunity for success later in life. Whether it’s innovative pre-k programs or finding ways to make college more affordable, I will fight for our kids to make sure they have the best education possible.

Early Learning

Quality early childhood education sets our students up for success and is shown to have lifelong benefits. All of our children deserve access to comprehensive early childhood education programs.

Noel supported:

  • HB 1624 – Concerning working connections child care eligibility for vulnerable children. (CO-SPONSOR, PASSED)
  • HB 2861 – Expanding the provision of trauma-informed child care. (CO-SPONSOR, PASSED)
  • HB 2659 – Expanding Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program to families beyond the current cap of 110% of the federal poverty level & prioritizing kids at-risk kids. (e.g. incarcerated parent, parent with severe mental illness, etc.). (CO-SPONSOR).

What’s next?

In the coming year Noel will work to expand eligibility for the Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program and to infuse trauma-informed practices in other agencies supporting children.

K-12

Our paramount duty in Washington is to provide quality public education to every child. We must advocate for smaller class sizes, so all students the academic support they need to thrive. Investing in our children is the best decision we can make for our state and our future.

Noel supported:

  • HB 1508 – Breakfast after the bell (CO-SPONSOR, PASSED)
  • HB 1778 – Reducing the requirements for passage of a school construction bond from 60% to a simple majority, matching the change we made to school operating levies in 2007. (CO-SPONSOR)
  • HB 2964 – Special education funding multiplier increased (CO-SPONSOR, PASSED as part of 2017-19 supplemental budget).

What’s next?

In the 2019 session Noel will support increased access to programs for highly capable students to help them excel after high school, especially students of color and those from low-income households.

HIGHER EDUCATION

We must ensure that all students, regardless of zip code or income level, are able to access the higher education options that makes sense for them and their futures.

Noel supported:

  • HB 1561 – Open Education Resources. (PRIME SPONSOR, PASSED)
  • HB 1840 – Washington Promise program. (CO-SPONSOR)
  • SB 6032 – Fully funding the state need grant over the next five years. More than 24,000 eligible students were previously denied this grant because it was severely underfunded.

What’s next?

Higher education no longer only means a four-year university education.  With a high demand in the trades for skilled workers, apprenticeships and community and technical colleges provide a pathway to family wage jobs and the middle class for many in our state.  Next session I plan to further legislation that helps people of all ages and backgrounds enter into post-high school institutions that help them achieve their career goals.