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Being part of the solution

Several of the advocates who testified at Monday's OSPI hearing on school discipline.

Several of the advocates who testified at Monday’s OSPI hearing on school discipline.

Last year, nearly 60,000 individual students were removed from school. Those students missed a more than 100,000 days of school, collectively, due to suspensions alone. The majority of students are removed from school for relatively minor behaviors, things like disobedience, violating a dress code, truancy.

That’s how Katie Mosehauer, Washington Appleseed’s Executive Director, opened her statement at Monday’s hearing on school discipline at the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).

The hearing gave members of the public a chance to comment in person on the proposed rules for implementation of ESSB 5946, the school discipline law passed in 2013 that makes discipline data public and limits the number of days that students can be removed from class. (more…)

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Activist(s) of the Month: Sarah Butcher, Jennifer Karls, Beth Sigall

At the League of Education Voters (LEV), we recognize all of the hard work that you do toward improving public education across Washington state. We are pleased to announce our Activists of the Month for April: Sarah Butcher, Jennifer Karls, and Beth Sigall. Read more about their experiences as strong advocates for special education.

Sarah Butcher, Jennifer Karls, and Beth Sigall are strong advocates for public education in Washington state. Sarah and Jennifer formed the Bellevue Special Needs PTA in 2012, where Jennifer serves as President and Sarah as co-Vice President. Beth serves as the Vice President of Advocacy for the Lake Washington PTSA Council. (more…)

Posted in: Activist of the Month, Advocacy and Activism, Blog, Career and College Ready Diploma, Closing the Gaps, Legislative session, LEV News, School Discipline

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The 2014 Legislative Session

The 2014 legislative session may have been short, but there were significant policy accomplishments in improving public education in Washington state. These accomplishments expand access to financial aid for higher education for all Washington students, pave the way for all students to graduate from high school ready for college or career, and make steps toward reducing the opportunity and achievement gaps. (more…)

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