The E-Wire is in the Pritchard Library pounding out a few choice words to describe today’s events. We’re eyeing the frazzled lobbyist who is Nick Federici sitting at the table next to us. Nick is the passionate lead behind the “Breakfast Before The Bell” legislation which had its hearing today in the State House – Senate Hearing on Wednesday. According to Nick, the hearing today went very well and we had great testimony from United Way of King and Snohomish Counties and “Within Reach” which is a health advocacy organization run by Alison White, widow of the late Senator Scott White of Seattle. The bill has been amended to address some concerns by stakeholders. The amendments push out implementation by a year, creates a pilot program in elementary schools to start, and insures that meals are provided are in line with federal nutritional requirements.
Tomorrow morning, the Washington State PTA will be flooding the corridors of the Capitol for its annual “Focus Day.” The staff back at the office are busy putting out fires and preparing for the grand event tomorrow. For more information, scroll down the blog and find the latest updates!
Onto the Wire!!!!
Top Story today – no longer a Dream – The Dream Act moves forward in both the House and the Senate. http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20140201/NEWS01/140209946/Senate-OKs-aid-for-undocumented-immigrant-students - and the Herald reminds us that it took some acts of courage from a certain Republican to make that happen - http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20140202/OPINION01/140209922/ - Hats off to Senator Bailey
Jeff Morris’s digital privacy bill moves forward – trying to give citizens an “erase” button - http://www.bainbridgereview.com/news/242984821.html
Representative Derek Kilmer encourages students in STEM Competition - http://thedailyworld.com/news/local/kilmer-announces-app-competition-harbor-high-school-students
Telling us what PTA members already know – Parental Engagement is Expensive
The ParentMap.Com has a how-to program on how to develop universal pre-school
http://www.parentmap.com/article/idea-lab-how-to-build-a-large-scale-universal-preschool-program and looks at the ups and downs of early learning since the middle of the last decade - http://blog.centerforpubliceducation.org/2014/02/03/early-education-ups-and-downs-since-the-great-recession/ - but a reminder, even for Expanded Kindergarten, there is a huge Capital Cost - http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20140203/OPINION02/140209808/Rooms-needed-for-kindergarten
The Landmark Vergara Vs. LA Unified moves through the courts
Public Boarding School for the Arts in South Carolina
Exploring The Persistence of Generational Poverty
Still talking T/PEP - http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/02/03/3454383/lawmakers-consider-evaluating.html - and the Waivers keep coming… but not here - http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2014/01/education_department_doles_out.html
The Farm Bill comes together – and why nobody seems to like it
Kevin Van De Wege’s Toxic’s Bill gains bipartisan support
And finally, a new model in Higher Education just east of Vancouver, BC is raising eyebrows
Here is the link to the college - http://www.questu.ca/
See you tomorrow for Focus Day!!!!