The League of Education Voters (LEV) was founded in 2001 by Washingtonians to support an education system that provides every student an equal opportunity for success from cradle to career. Working on behalf of students, LEV has successfully led the charge on many of the landmark funding and policy decisions helping improve the education landscape in Washington.
The League of Education Voters is made up of three separate organizations, a 501(c)3, 501(c)4, and a PAC:
Their 501(c)3 is a charitable organization called the LEV Foundation
The 501(c)4 is a non-partisan organization called the League of Education Voters.
The PAC is called the Education Voters Political Action Fund
The League of Education Voters (LEV), founded in 2001, is a 501(c)4 non-partisan organization that partners with parents, students, and civic leaders who believe in a quality education from cradle to career.
LEV is a Washington-based organization working to improve public education from early learning through higher education. They shape the debate, build powerful coalitions, and grow the grassroots to achieve meaningful reform and ample resources for education.
Their vision is that every student in Washington state has access to an excellent public education that provides the opportunity for success.
To achieve this vision, LEV will have the will, courage, and commitment to:
Engage in the political process by lobbying for and organizing others to lobby for legislation and policies that support an education system that provides every student with a high-quality, fully-funded, and equitable education that prepares them to reach their full potential and to contribute to their democracy and their economy.
Support political candidates, elected officials, and policymakers who help achieve their vision.
Support and/or sponsor direct initiatives, referendums, or litigation when the legislative process is not furthering their vision for their students.
At the League of Education Voters, they base their work on the following values:
Students are First
They are focused first and foremost on meeting the needs of every student.
They believe in an equitable public education system and acknowledge that students have different levels of assets and needs. All students should get what they need to be successful. Some will need more resources.
Teachers and Leaders Matter
Having quality teachers and leaders positively impacts student outcomes. They endorse quality education, training, support, and evaluation as well as ample, equitable, and stable resources to pay for them.
Families are Important
Family engagement is essential to student success. They seek to partner with families to identify barriers and formulate solutions. They support family outreach programs and work with families to organize themselves to advocate for their children.
Everybody has to be held accountable—including LEV board and staff, students, teachers, families, legislators, and policymakers. Failing to act, relinquishing responsibility, and blaming others is not acceptable.
They know that they cannot do this work by ourselves; they are most effective when they work with others toward common solutions, when they share credit for accomplishments, and when they focus on their goals.
Education is not a partisan issue; it is the paramount duty of their state government. Therefore, they are not allied with any political party but are an independent organization that focuses on research-driven practices.