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News & Opinion on Building A Healthy Community


September 27, 2016

Deep community knowledge is a key benefit of working with Seattle Foundation.  Our team has extensive knowledge about community issues and trends, as well as an expansive network of relationships with nonprofit organizations working locally, nationally and globally.  We track key developments in each element of our Healthy Community Framework:  Arts & Culture, Basic Needs, Economy, Education, Environment, Health & Wellness, Vibrant Communities and Global Giving.  Every other week, we compile Element Notes to share the latest developments affecting efforts to make Greater Seattle a stronger, more vibrant community for all. We hope you find it useful and let us know what you think!

Economy

Seattle City Council Approves Worker Scheduling Law
The council unanimously passed legislation that requires that large retail and fast-food employers provide “secure-scheduling,” which includes scheduling two weeks in advance and “predictability pay” that compensates for last minute scheduling changes. Mayor Murray is expected to approve. 

Education

Best Starts for Kids: King County ready to implement groundbreaking initiative
King County Executive Dow Constantine’s plan to implement Best Starts for Kids was unanimously approved by the Metropolitan King County Council. Seattle Foundation supported the Best Starts for Kids Initiative. Approximately 10% of the Best Starts for Kids levy is dedicated to Communities of Opportunity (COO), an initiative launched by King County and the Seattle Foundation in early 2014.

Black community leaders show support for Seattle students — no matter what
To show kids positive images of people of color, dozens of mostly black-identified people of color gathered at Leschi Elementary School Friday morning to high-five students and teachers and send them best wishes on their school year. 

Best and Worst States for Teachers
Nearly half of teachers don’t last 5 years in the field; in a new study, Washington comes in at a low 38th in the nation for supporting teachers. 

Shaken By Economic Change, 'Non-Traditional' Students Are Becoming the New Normal
College students who are older, career-changers or otherwise “non-traditional” are increasing as the economy shifts. 

Health and Wellness

Crosscut Investigation: Washington Foster Care System Failing Children
Crosscut begins a multi-article series investigating Washington State’s severe shortage of foster care homes. 

Environment

State Unveils New Rules to Combat Climate Change
The Washington Department of Ecology unveiled the state’s first initiative to cap and reduce the carbon pollution that contributes to global climate change. 

Seattle and Washington Tribes March for Standing Rock, Sign Resolution
Local tribes marched in solidarity with Standing Rock protectors, who, in a historic collaboration between tribes, have been speaking out against the North Dakota Access Pipeline.

Vibrant Communities

From Ferguson to Charlotte: Why Police Protests Turn into Riots
Last Wednesday night, riots again rocked Charlotte, North Carolina, in response to the police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, a 43-year-old African-American man. CityLab discusses how intense economic segregation and despair over the lack of progress on police violence leads to rioting.

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