It's hard to say what is going on but Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos appears to be taking a sharp turn to the ed reform side. The newest evidence comes from the Seattle Education blog:
Washington State Representative Santos was a primary sponsor for yet another nonsensical bill, House Bill 1121.
From the Washington State School Directors Association (WSSDA) Watch List, is the following description of the bill:
Directs the partnership to work with OSPI to integrate financial ed into common core and career and college standards.
Directs districts to offer a course students can take at school or home (meaning online).
Districts are encouraged to grant credit. Allows the partnership to seek federal and private funds (guess who from).
This is puzzling because under the leasing agreements for Common Core (you do know that those standards are privately held, right?), a district/teacher can only change 10% of them. I suspect a whole subject like "financial ed" would be a significant change.
Also to note, there are states that are now writing into their graduation requirements that all graduates have take at least one on-line course. Is this bill an effort in that direction?
I also see major ed reformer Rep. Chad Magendanz (as well as a surprise - Rep. Gerry Pollet) on the list of co-sponsors.
Seattle Ed investigates:
Going through the list of Santos’ contributors, as well as Representative Magendanz‘ donors, one contributor pops up, K12 Management/K12 Inc., see This Goes Under “Cashing In On Ed Reform” : K12 Inc. (We are in the process of finding out how many other legislators have received funding from K12 Inc./K12 Management.)
K12 Inc. is a for-profit company that sells online courses to school
districts and they are making millions of dollars doing just that
although their track record is far from admirable.
And one guess what one of their courses is, the elective “Personal Finance”.
Again, how's that work on McCleary going, Rep. Santos (given you want to keeping adding to the workload for districts/teachers)?