January 26, 2018 Policy Brief

A summary for those closely following the debate.

The Horizon: Key Dates

  • January 29, 30, February 1: House and Senate Education Committee Hearings
    • January 29: HB 2927 - Concerning highly capable students
    • January 29: SB 6260 – Covering costs for low-income running start students
    • February 1: SB 6209 – Facilitating high school success
  • February 2: Policy Committee Bill Cut-Off
  • February 6: Fiscal Committee Bill Cut-Off
  • February 14: House of Origin Cut-Off


  • A grant program established by SB 6135 supporting Academic Acceleration efforts to ensure every qualified kid can benefit from college-bearing classes was voted out of the Senate Education Committee. It included an amendment from Sen. Mullet that re-establishes that districts must have adopted an Academic Acceleration policy to be eligible for the grant. It also allows for high schools that are in districts that have not adopted an Academic Acceleration policy, but commit to the guidelines of the Academic Acceleration policy to apply for the grant for their high school.
  • There will be a public hearing on Senator Mark Mullet’s bill supporting High School Success, SB 6209 (House companion 2868), on February 1 at 1:30p. This legislation implements two programs geared at getting kids through high school (WA is ranked 40th in graduation rates) - Academic Acceleration and Early Warning Systems/Dropout Prevention

Key Numbers 

Social Media Chatter

New video series from @ReadyWA! "College is an Opportunity" features 6 students from 3 different WA colleges sharing advice with future college students. https://medium.com/@ReadyWA/college-is-an-opportunity-368d8abcc7cc #PlanYourPathWA #WAedu

.@spokaneschools raised their graduation rates 25% over the last decade. How’d they do that? https://stand.org/washington/blog/2018/01/19/finding-solutions-spokane #waedu

What We're Reading

(or listening to) Scene on Radio’s Seeing White: This podcast is a 14-part documentary series exploring whiteness in America—where it came from, what it means, and how it works.

Don’t toss link between tests and high school graduation – Seattle Times editorial board

“Lawmakers should stick with a compromise they reached last year on high-school graduation requirements, instead of upending statewide testing policy yet again.”


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

We look forward to hearing from you.

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