"The Washington State Board of Education will vote in July to decide if they should raise our state’s high school graduation requirements. It’s important that you send a message to State Board members that you support this change.
Join us at the State Board's upcoming community engagement meetings next month:
Monday, June 2
Spokane Community College
Littlefoot Conference Room, Student Center (Bldg. 6)
1810 N. Greene Street
Spokane, WA 99202
Tuesday, June 3
Yakima Convention Center
10 North 8th Street
Yakima, WA 98901
Wednesday, June 4
University Heights Center
Room 209 (Auditorium)
5031 University Way NE"
They also mention a Times' editorial that appeared last week, supporting higher standards to match college entrance requirements. I had read the editorial and meant to post it. From the editorial:
This is true, a lot of students come into college only to find that they need remedial math.
"Increasing the credits required for graduation from 19 to 24 is another proposed change that offers rigor without sacrificing arts, music, civics and other key courses."
Really? You promise?
The part that made me laugh:
"An increase in credits needed for graduation will require a shift at high schools from five periods a day to six. The state pays for five, forcing many districts, such as Seattle and Bellevue, to use levy funds. But this exacerbates the inequalities among large, small, rural and urban districts. The Legislature must fund the change in graduation requirements."
Seattle already has a 6 period day which we fund through a levy. And yet, the Times says all the districts should have this and, with a wave of their magic words, "the Legislature must fund the change". The Legislature doesn't even fully fund basic education.
I do support aligning high school credits to what is asked for to enter Washington state colleges/universities. But the Board of Education should do what Dr. Goodloe-Johnson says our district is doing; not creating new initiatives without funding. The Board of Education can certainly vote to change the credits requirement but without the solid backing of the Legislature, it's just one more burden on districts and one more challenge for students.