The League of Women Voters of Washington
Education Fund is dedicated to strengthening citizen knowledge of
government in Washington State. The Education Fund sponsors and
supports nonpartisan educational projects that help citizens better
understand major public policy issues and become active and informed
participants in their communities and in their government.
The League of Women Voters of Washington
Education Fund is a 501(c)3 organization. The Education Fund operates
separately from the League of Women Voters of Washington, which is a
501(c)4 organization, with a separate board of directors. Contributions
to the Education Fund are tax deductible.
The State We're In:
Your guide to
state, tribal and local government
The seventh edition of The League's acclaimed civics textbook, The State We're In: Washington - Your Guide to State, Tribal and Local Government is sold out but available online and the eighth edition is on its way
for grades 7- 12, TSWI is also a useful tool for ESL, GED, Basic Ed and
Immigration programs. A companion Teacher's Curriculum Guide is
available as well. Teachers, librarians and the Washington State Indian
Education Association endorse it, and over 20,000 copies have been
The book is a friendly, easy-to-read primer that covers the basics of
what government is, how it works, and why we need it. It is generously illustrated with graphs, photos and drawings. It is
the first book to include tribal history and government as an integral
part of civics education. And its telling of Washington State’s
history is fully inclusive of all the peoples of our state.
View the seveth edition as a free online resource here.
How To Order
We are sold out of the seventh edition of The State We're In: Washington but if you'd like to order supplementary materials you can do online here, or order via mail (by check, purchase order, invoice) with this
Supplemental materials include:
- The Teachers' Curriculum Guide
- What Does it Take to be a Good Citizen? poster
The eight edition of The State We're In: Washington
should be available mid-March. If you want to be notified when the eighth edition is available to order, add your name to our notification list.
Questions about either edition? Contact the state office by email or phone:
inquire about the availability of printed copies or for other
titles, please contact the state office at 206-622-8961 or by email.
This report examines the various sources of renewable energy, with the
intent to provide a better understanding of these sources and
challenges and benefits to their development.
State Conservation Districts, 2011
There are 47 conservation districts in Washington state, with the
mission to promote conservation within their borders. This report
reviews the history, governance and election procedures of the
conservation districts, including the role of the Washington State
Care and Education of
Children, Birth to Five, 2008
This report includes recent changes in early care and education,
current research results, the quality and affordability of current
care, community-based services, and emerging issues in the field. The
report also includes a discussion of government's role in this issue.
Also available, the unabridged version
of Early Care and Education of Young Children, Birth to Five, October
State Ferries, 2007
Washington State Ferries are both a
part of the state highway system
and a mass transit provider. An updated study of the League of Women
Voters of Washington Transportation Position with a focus on the
Washington State Ferry System.
Management Act, 2006
A two-year study about the Growth
Management Act in Washington State.
Topics include how we got the Act and what it was intended to fix;
specific components of the Act, such as goals, planning requirements
and enforcement; an assessment of how it has worked around the state;
successes and challenges; case studies; current controversies and
comparison with other states.
This study reviews the issues raised by
the historically close 2004
governor's race and the resulting changes in state law. Examined were
the new state Voter Registration Database system and the various
approaches to auditing election results. Included is a synopsis of
Building Confidence in U.S. Elections, (The Carter-Baker Report) and a
summary of recommendations of the Brennan Center for Justice and the
Leadership Conference on Civil Rights for Improving Reliability of
Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) Voting Systems.
State Tax Study Summary, 2004
15-page summary A two-year project
updating the League’s previous
studies regarding the state tax structure and examining how to achieve
a fair, adequate and transparent tax structure to be adopted for the
State of Washington. 53 pages. Additional
Inside and Outside the Box
-- Part II, 2004
Equipment and Procedures on
study looks at voting with
absentee/vote-by-mail ballots, reviews the security checks in the
ballot counting process, evaluates the role voting equipment plays in
voting and tallying, and includes a definition of terms.
Democracy: The Initiative
and Referendum Process in Washington, 2002
of initiative and referendum history and study of requirements
and regulations adopted by other states and proposals that might work
to improve the process in Washington.
of Major Election
An examination of the goals of
representative democracy, the voting
systems used in Western Democracies, and procedures in preparation for
and conducting elections.
Dynamic Forests 1998,
A two-part study of forests and forest
issues for citizens who wish to
understand the history, policies and current issues of forests in our
Public Assistance as Public
An examination of the safety-net and
welfare system with a focus on who
participates in Washington and the impact of the system.
State Public Port
Districts, 1989, available online only.
Examines the organizational structure of the ports system in Washington
state - its governance (defined as the act, power, or process of
governing); its financial basis; and how the public can be involved.
State We're In: Washington, your guide to state, tribal and local
government, 6th edition, 2008
A citizens handbook about state government written and produced by the
League and used in schools, libraries, universities, and by citizens
around the state. A companion Teachers Curriculum Guide is available.
Clear concise language explains how a bill becomes a law, the role of
state agencies, the interactions of the three branches of government,
the role of cities and counties, the initiative and referendum process,
political parties and more.
Citizens Guide to the Courts, 2001
A project on Judicial Independence was undertaken in conjunction with
14 other Leagues across the U.S., funded and administered by the
national League of Women Voters Education Fund. An outcome following
from this project was the distribution to several thousand members of
the public of this booklet published by the state office of court
administration with production assistance from the LWVWA Education