The school year is officially in full swing, which means that districts, high schools, and families are digesting the new graduation requirements that legislators passed during the 2019 legislative session. The State Board of Education is currently working hard to iron out the details for each of the eight graduation pathways approved through HB 1599, but they are considering watering down the requirements.
During the Board’s meeting last month, we joined with several members of the High School Success Coalition to send a letter detailing our concerns with some of their proposed rules.
There’s still time to make a difference in the process: you can email the Board directly in two clicks here by October 28th. The Board is hosting a public hearing in Olympia next Thursday (you can also dial in via webinar), that anyone can attend. Our Executive Director Libuse Binder will be there testifying with our opinion on the draft rules.
They have asked for public opinion, but there is a deadline, so please share your voice on behalf of students:
Students have eight pathway options to choose from for graduation, and each pathway laid out in state law is intended to be rigorous and lead to options after high school. A high school diploma should be meaningful for every student who graduates, not just the top achievers.
Write the State Board today and tell them that every high school diploma should meaningfully prepare students for life beyond high school.
This Seattle Times article explains more about what's happening, what our concerns are, and what you can do about it.