The State Sentate yesterday passed a sort of omnibus Education Reform bill, HB 1443.
The bill puts teachers with unsatisfactory ratings at the head of the line for layoffs. Principals, too, although I cannot remember a time when the District ever had to RIF principals.
But the bill doesn't stop there. It's a regular Christmas tree of Education Reform bullet points:
* It adopts the Common Core Standards
* It reforms the requirements for high school credit
* It requires the use of a kindergarten readiness assessment
* It includes some meaningless stuff about drop-out prevention
* It includes some even less meaningful stuff about fully funding education
If this monster passes the house - and they started it - there will be a whole lot of stuff that the State dictates schools and districts must do, right down to spending on facilities maintenance per student.
The bill now goes back to the House for approval of the amendments.
Here is an AP story about it that appeared in the Seattle Times.