- The first article is from the PI about the state Senate passing a bill to free schools from unfunded mandates. This, of course, could be a mixed bag because some of the cuts, like for hearing and vision, could hurt low-income kids. The upside is more local control which many favor.
- The second article, which appeared in the Times and seemed to slip under the radar, states that the appeal to the Washington State Appeals court by several districts around the state over Special Ed funding failed.
- The third article, also about Special Ed, is changing the WASL for Special Ed students. From the article:
"Senate Bill 5414 proposes a number of WASL changes and makes one mention of special education students, urging the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to review the special education assessment and the appeals process.
The bill has passed the Senate and is expected to start moving through the House.
State Schools Superintendent Randy Dorn already is convening a special needs advisory committee to figure out what can be done to change the state assessment system while still complying with the federal No Child Left Behind law, said Chris Barron, assessment communications manager for the superintendent's office.