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Senator Murray Secures $4.5 million for Washington State's Education Priorities in Senate Bill

Dec 19 2001

Funding will support distance learning, scholarship funds, parent training programs

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray today announced that the fiscal year 2002 Labor, Health, Human Services and Education (L-HHS-Ed) Appropriations bill includes $4.5 million for Washington state's education priorities.

The funding, which Murray secured through her work as a conferee to the L-HHS-Ed Conference Committee, will support educational technologies, scholarship programs for low-income students and the expansion of teen development centers throughout Washington state.

"I am very pleased to be able to provide funding to support important educational priorities across our state," Senator Murray said. "This support will give students and educators the tools they need to expand successful programs and increase access to the technologies that will keep our schools competitive."

Washington state programs receiving funding in the L-HHS-Ed bill:

Electronic Date System Project (OSPI)
  • $1 million to fund a database to help the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to analyze student data and test scores.

    Seattle Lighthouse for the Blind
  • $500,000 to improve services and facilities to improve the quality of life and independence of deaf and blind citizens.

    YMCA of Greater Seattle
  • $500,000 to expand teen development programs.

    Washington Virtual Classroom Consortium
  • $750,000 to expand distance-learning technology to rural schools.

    Community Technology Center (ESD 117)
  • $250,000 to support a Community Technology Center in Wenatchee.

    Pacific Science Center Genetics Exhibit
  • $250,000 to support a hands-on genetics exhibit to help children and families learn about science.

    Olympic Park Institute
  • $250,000 to provide scholarships for low-income and minority children to participate in educational programs associated with Olympic National Park.

    Washington Association of Career and Technical Education
  • $250,000 to upgrade training equipment. Communications Access Real-time Translation

    (CART) Services Training at Green River College
  • $250,000 to offer distance learning, scholarships, and job replacement for students participating in the CART program.

    YWCA of Seattle-King County/Snohomish County
  • $250,000 to support the "Moving Women and Families Forward" capital campaign.

    Center for Families, Edmonds Community College
  • $250,000 to support child care, training for early childhood educators and parent training courses.