The E-wire is sandwiched between Marcie Maxwell, Heidi Bennett, and Sherry Krainick for House Hearings. The room is packed and we can see Betsey Cohen from Issaquah and Micaela Razo from Eastern Yakima County. The topics for today include:
- HB 2531 – Making innovative changes to the alternative route programs for teacher certification
- HB 2181 – Authorizing and supporting career and college ready graduation requirements offered and adopted by the State Board of Education (This is the 24 credit graduation requirement update).
- HB 1656 – Establishing high school graduation requirements which permit flexibility for students to choose courses based on interests and plans
- HB 2242 – Implementing Quality Education Committee (QEC) recommendations
- HB 2540 – Establishing career and technical course equivalencies in science and mathematics
The popular topic on the docket today is HB 2181 which is the State Board of Education changes to the 24 Credit goals for High School Graduation. The changes move two credits out of Career Concentration and moves it to the elective option. In addition, the bill codifies the 2013-15 budget which funds the increase in instructional hours in basic education. Please go to the link for a chart that shows the change in the proposed 24 credit schedule: http://www.wastatepta.org/files/GRAD_REQUIREMENTS_HANDOUT.pdf.
Testimony from WEA and Superintendents were in opposition to the chance due to the lack of funding available to help kids make the transition to the new rules as well as a shortage of STEM teachers in Eastern Washington. Washington State Student Principals came on board and supported the bill, but wished the implementation date to be pushed off until 2022.
And with that, onto the E-Wire!
Headlining the wire, Democrats and Republicans square off on teacher reforms and funding
Chasing down the story on teacher hours
The E-Wire feels much better now reading this
Hans Zeiger’s bill on social services pay for performance – FYI: We already have that in Pierce County with OPTUM Mental Health
Running Start as a means to afford higher education
Spokane as #1 – first region to authorize a charter school
House Democrats double down on the dare – offers $12 minimum wage as Republicans attempt to circumvent SeaTac’s $15 initiative – read here http://blogs.seattletimes.com/politicsnorthwest/2014/01/23/house-democrats-propose-12-minimum-wage/
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Secretary of State finishes count on I-594, reviewing the competing gun measure heading for ballot in November
Making it easier for College Students in Washington to get their ballots in
Leaky pontoons and Big Bad Bertha makes it more difficult to get a Transportation Plan out of the Legislature
Olympian urges focusing McCleary funding opportunities on smaller class sizes. Oddly enough, Senator Rosemary McAuliffe has offered that
And speaking of early learning, the BBC reports scientists are getting into the classrooms to give teachers additional tools to understand how students learn - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-25627739
Reviewing the growth of “Rocketship” Charter Schools
More than just free and reduced lunch – more schools are offering breakfast as well
And, finally a reminder that between Cuomo and De Blasio, New York is the big dog in the room when it comes to potential changes in Common Core - http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2014/01/new_york_panel_to_examine_poss.html