Lisa Macfarlane

Lisa

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State Director, Washington Democrats For Education Reform

Seattle, Washington

Lisa Macfarlane is state director of Washington Democrats For Education Reform.

For the past 20 twenty years, Lisa has been working to get Washington’s public schools the resources and reforms they need. Lisa co-founded the League of Education Voters and LEV Foundation, and she sponsored two statewide education funding initiatives. Lisa helped lead the successful 2007 simple majority and 2012 charter school campaigns. She is also a board member and past president of Schools First, Seattle’s on-going school levy and bond committee.

The first 15 years of Lisa’s professional career were spent working in the juvenile justice system. She started as a VISTA volunteer in a maximum-security juvenile correctional facility in Columbia, South Carolina, and she finished up as a public defender in juvenile court in Seattle. In between, she staffed wagon trains and wilderness camps for court referred youth.

Lisa received her bachelor’s from Bowdoin College and her juris doctorate from Northwestern University School of Law.

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Posted Sep. 28, 2015
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It’s Time for Democrats to Get on Board With Charter Schools in Washington State

Democrats in the Evergreen State are at an important crossroads. We have been steadily losing seats in the House and…

By Lisa Macfarlane

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Posted Sep. 9, 2015
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Charter Schools ‘Uncommon,’ What Century Are We In?

Last Friday, the Washington Supreme Court issued a shocking decision that hurts our most vulnerable students and dashes the hopes…

By Lisa Macfarlane

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Posted June 30, 2015
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This New Orleans Museum Shows the Horrors of Slavery Through the Eyes of Children

Thirty-nine miles from New Orleans, there is a remarkable place known as Whitney Plantation. Of the thousands of tourists and conventioneers…

By Lisa Macfarlane

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Posted June 12, 2015
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What We Should Think When We Hear About Kalief Browder

We are better than this. Driving home on Monday, I heard on NPR that Kalief Browder, the young man from…

By Lisa Macfarlane

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