2014 Legislative Session
College and Career Ready Diploma: Now all students will have the opportunity to earn a meaningful diploma that prepares them for multiple pathways—that include college or career—after they graduate high school. The new diploma adds more credits of science, art, and world language; or Personalized Pathway requirements, which are credits to pursue career and technical education. Stand advocated for this bill. It’s the culmination of eight years of advocacy work and is a huge victory.
Federal Waivers Protection: Washington lost $44 million in federal No Child Left Behind funds targeting low-income students because one of the core requirements of the waiver was to use state test scores as one of the multiple measures of student growth in teacher performance evaluations. Despite legislative efforts to address the issue, the teachers’ union was successful in opposing the bill; it failed. Stand supported Federal Waivers Protections.
Early Learning: House Bill 2519, sponsored by Rep. Tana Senn (D-Mercer Island), helps more at-risk children and families in Washington’s welfare system access high-quality early care and preschool options.
The DREAM/Real Hope Act: In true bipartisan fashion, the House introduced the DREAM Act, House Bill 1817, co-sponsored by Rep. Zack Hudgins (D-South Seattle) and Rep. Bruce Chandler (R-Granger). The Senate’s version of the bill made it all the way through the state legislature. Senate Bill 6523, co-sponsored by Sen. Barbara Bailey (R-Oak Harbor) and Sen. Rodney Tom (D-Lake Washington), was signed into law on February 26. The DREAM/Real Hope Act law provides our state’s dreamers with more opportunities to pursue financial aid, making college more affordable. The law also allocates $5 million through June 30, 2015 to make student financial aid payments under the state need grant program.