2011 Legislative Session
Beginning Educator Support Team or BEST program: Thanks to Stand’s advocacy this valuable program is being restored to the budget. This is the only state funding that goes to pay for beginning teacher mentoring—and this program was completely eliminated by the legislature this past December. This was a Stand budget priority the past two years and we are pleased it has been restored.
Innovation Schools: The bill authorizes the creation of Innovation Schools which would be granted certain waivers from state requirements. These schools, which provide opportunities to partner with business as well as use project based or hands-on learning, must be predominantly STEM or arts focused. Stand for Children’s advocacy helped to pass this program.
Pay for Actual Student Success or PASS Act: The PASS program would provide school bonuses for schools that raise their high school graduation rates. The program will be funded at $3 million. While this is less than the $6.6 million originally proposed in the House, it’s a strong start. Stand has supported this bill throughout the 2011 session.
WA KIDS: WaKids establishes a process for families, kindergarten teachers and early learning professionals to share information about incoming kindergarteners. The purpose is to gather information about the child in order to inform the learning plan and ensure that each child is prepared for their school career. Stand for Children and coalition partners strongly supported the bill.