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Win-win for students, schools is on governor’s desk

Better education for at-risk students, stronger accountability for schools, and increased efficiency for local governments are objectives all wrapped inside successful legislation sponsored by Rep. June Robinson. The measure (House Bill 2276) unanimously passed both legislative chambers and now awaits only approval from Gov. Jay Inslee to become the law of the state. Robinson’s winning proposal would allow the state’s Educational Service Districts (ESDs) to contract directly with a county for education services for students residing in the county’s detention … Continue reading

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Operating budget agreement reached on time

Today’s statement from House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan on the 2014 operating budget agreement: “This is a very good supplemental budget that makes additional investments in our schools, provides a robust mental health package to help communities provide needed services, and repurposes funds to help struggling families in our state. “I am happy that all sides were able to come together in a productive way to reach agreement and finish our work on time.”

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Thank you House Pages!

Another regular session comes to a close today. A big thanks to all of our House and Senate pages who spent a week at their state capitol serving the people of Washington and learning about their government. If you know a 14-, 15-, or 16-year-old that’s interested in being a page next session, pass along this link and encourage them to contact their lawmakers. Check out our Facebook page for more photos.

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Legislature passes student success measure

Today, just a few minutes before the 5 o’clock cutoff deadline, the Washington State Senate gave its overwhelming approval to a measure aimed at boosting student success across the state. House Bill 2739, which passed the Senate on a 45-4 vote, requires a geographic analysis to identify communities where the effects of employment, health, safety and stability correlate with academic and behavioral indicators of student success. “We need this information to target strategic interventions where they are needed the most,” … Continue reading

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House unveils supplemental transportation budget

House Democrats released their 2014 supplemental transportation budget Thursday morning, proposing minor changes to the biennial budget established last year. “The health of our economy is directly linked to our transportation system,” said House Transportation Committee Chair Judy Clibborn (D-Mercer Island). “This supplemental budget is full of small, but meaningful, changes that will help us support our existing transportation infrastructure and plan for the years ahead.” The majority of the changes aim to address issues of immediate need. $12.9 million … Continue reading

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