The House Education Committee heard testimony on SB 6552 yesterday, which would increase graduation requirements to 24 credits and better prepare high school graduates for college and career.
The League of Education Voters (LEV) has been working with partner organizations and community activists in support this bill through community events, an online petition with the Excellent Schools Now coalition, online ads, editorials, action alerts, and more.
LEV’s field team gathered testimonials from concerned parents, educators, and community members throughout Washington state in support of the bill. Below is a sampling from the 27 testimonies collected for yesterday’s hearing. (more…)
Greetings! Friday already. Where did the week go? For those of us mid-winter-breaking (No, I won’t go there again) (but if I did, it would be epic) the week went like this: create to-do list, set up playdates, have a near emotional breakdown when you realize that your to-do list is longer than the time allowed—in fact, it’s longer than your lifetime—make corndogs for playdates, hire help for to-do list, look into going to the museum to see the Lego exhibit, realize you don’t have time for Lego exhibit because of aforementioned to-do list, download “Guilt for Dummies,” because your kid is eating half-frozen corndogs and playing video while you’re scrubbing the floor from the “touch-up” paint you spilled and you’re not at the museum looking at Lego configurations that actually resemble something recognizable. And that was Tuesday. Onward! (more…)
Happy first weekend AF. After football, of course. If your weekend seems empty or somehow meaningless because of the dearth of large men running into each other, try to focus on the Olympics. Did it bother anyone that this young man’s pants seemed to have kept him off the medal podium? And of course, there’s Valentine’s Day to focus on.
This week is one of those milestone weeks for the legislature. Having been without football for six entire days, we’ve dubbed it “half-time.” Bills must have moved out of committee in order to have a shot at getting to the governor’s desk (or the second half). That made this week something like the two-minute warning where defenses either dropped back into deep-zone coverage or played aggressive man-to-man. In any case, to get the score, you can check out our Bill Tracker, where you’ll find that early learning, career and college ready, equitable access to higher education, and help for homeless kids all made it to the second half.
Even I’m tired of the sports analogies. Now the news…. (more…)