QEC Bill Being Heard in Senate
OLYMPIA — March 16, 2011 — House Bill 1443, which advances the recommendations of the Quality Education Council, was heard by the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education committee this morning.
“We must stay on track with the QEC,” said Randy Dorn, state superintendent and chair of the QEC. “Last year a judge ruled that the state isn’t amply funding basic education. The judge said that the QEC could be the path toward ample funding. Even no-cost recommendations are important so we can have a new funding system in place by 2018.”
HB 1443 contains more than a dozen recommendations, including:
- Authorizing OSPI to implement the common core standards after the 2011 session;
- Requiring districts to adopt a policy defining a high school credit by Aug. 1, 2012;
- Requiring the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction to provide technical assistance targeted to improve graduation rates and reduce the number of dropouts; and
- Requiring the lowest-performing schools in the state to use the state kindergarten readiness assessment.
The Quality Education Council was established by the 2009 State Legislature to develop recommendations for the implementation of a new definition of basic education and for the financing necessary to support it.
HB 1443 passed the House on March 2 by an 86-14 vote. It received a first reading in the Senate on March 4.
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K-12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine Educational Service Districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.
OSPI does not discriminate and provides equal access to its programs and services for all persons without regard to race, color, gender, religion, creed, marital status, national origin, sexual preference/orientation, age, veteran’s status or the presence of any physical, sensory or mental disability.
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