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Progress in Olympia on gap-closing legislation

The House Education committee voted a number of bills out of committee this morning, including one of LEV’s priorities, 3SHB 1680, which focuses on closing the opportunity and achievement gaps utilizing a number of different strategies.

Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos is the primary sponsor of the bill, which was first introduced during the 2013 legislative session. The bill is based on recommendations from the Education Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee, which Representative Santos co-chairs, including: addressing disproportionality in school discipline, educator cultural competence, instructing English language learners (ELLs), ELL accountability, disaggregated student data, and the recruitment and retention of educators.

“The work needed to address the opportunity gap is a multifaceted issue, and it needs a multifaceted approach in order to purely address it. 1680 does that,” testified Beth Richer, a member of the League of Education Voters Government Relations team, during a House Education Committee session on Monday.

Washington students need champions, like Representative Santos and her colleagues in the House Education Committee, who are committed to closing the opportunity and achievement gaps. Stay up-to-date on the progress of the bill through the Washington legislature website and Chris Korsmo’s Weekly Roundup.

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