Dorn Testifies on Bill to Increase Funding for Dropout Prevention, Intervention and Reengagement
OLYMPIA — February 12, 2013 — Increasing the high school graduation rate is in the best interest of everyone in our state. But getting to graduation is more challenging for some students and they need additional, consistent support.
That was the message State Superintendent Randy Dorn gave to legislators in today’s testimony for the House Education Committee. Dorn testified in support of House Bill 1424, sponsored by Reps. Kathy Haigh, Sharon Tomiko Santos, Pat Sullivan, Marcie Maxwell, Cindy Ryu, Roger Freeman, Monica Stonier, Larry Seaquist, John McCoy, Jake Fey, Mary Helen Roberts, Dawn Morrell, Ruth Kagi, Steve Bergquist and Laurie Jinkins.
The bill is intended to increase the state’s efforts for high school dropout prevention, intervention and reengagement. It clarifies the laws pertaining to the current statewide system and the state-level work group charged with overseeing it. It also provides specific additional support for some of the highest need students, including those who have already dropped out of school and those who are enrolled in persistently low-performing schools. Increasing student support to raise the graduation rate is a key component of Dorn’s 2013 legislative agenda.
“When kids graduate, they have more opportunities for future success,” Dorn said. “We all benefit when students earn their diplomas.
“We know what works and we continue to discover new ways to help, but it takes consistent funding to make a long-term difference.”
The bill states that local programs should use research-based and emerging best practices regarding prevention, intervention and reengagement, and be allowed the creativity and flexibility to best meet their students’ needs. Priority will be given to schools and districts with dropout rates above the statewide average. High schools that increase their graduation rates will be awarded additional funding to further enhance their work in dropout prevention.
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.
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