February 2, 2018 Policy Brief

A summary for those closely following the debate.

The Horizon: Key Dates

  • TODAY, February 2: Policy Committee Bill Cut-Off
  • Senate Ways & Means Committee Hearings:
    • Monday, February 5 // Tuesday, February 6
  • February 6: Fiscal Committee Bill Cut-Off
  • February 14: House of Origin Cut-Off


  • There was a public hearing on Senator Mark Mullet’s bill supporting High School Success, SB 6209 (House companion 2868), yesterday at 1:30p. This legislation focuses on implementing two programs geared at getting kids through high school - Academic Acceleration and Early Warning Systems/Dropout Prevention. Although the bill was not voted out of committee in time for today’s cut-off, we are working on other avenues to advance these policies during this session.

  • There were several panels of testimony in support of 6209, including several parents and a 9th grade AP student from Spokane, community leaders from Tacoma, a teacher, and several education advocates. You can watch the whole hearing here on TVW.
  • Going forward, we’re also watching the proposed McCleary budget fix, Senator Wellman’s SB 6362, as it moves on to a hearing this Monday in the Ways & Means committee.

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What We're Reading

Support education bill that targets opportunity and achievement gaps – Seattle Times op-ed

Monday’s paper featured an opinion-editorial from Representative Eric Pettigrew from the 37th District in South Seattle and Libuse Binder, our Executive Director at Stand for Children Washington making the case for the policies in HB 2868 and SB 6209.

Washington state lawmakers consider universal screening to find gifted students – Seattle Times

Currently, almost all Washington children considered academically gifted are middle- or upper-class and white or Asian, which mirrors national patterns. And those trends can significantly influence a child’s future. Fewer black and Hispanic kids in accelerated classes means many will be less prepared for challenging coursework in high school, and less likely to reach for high-level careers.

Guest essay: ‘Until we address the teacher expectation gap, the student achievement gap will remain’ – Seattle Times

Preston Hampton, a Seattle Public Schools graduate, recalls what it was like attending a junior-high school where his principal lamented a growing racial gap on his campus.


Thank you for reading our summary. Please share any questions or feedback you may have with Katie Gustainis, kgustainis@stand.org.

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