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OLYMPIA – A bipartisan bill to reduce the number of high-stakes standardized tests required for high school students was approved by the House of Representatives today by a vote of 87-7. HB 2214 sponsored by Rep. Chris Reykdal (D-Tumwater), vice-chair of the House Education Committee, enhances local control of schools by cutting the number of required tests by more than half. The bill also places additional emphasis on students completing rigorous courses in their senior year to get them ready … Continue reading
Tens of thousands of home care workers in Washington who care for seniors and people with disabilities are getting older and facing the fact that they may never be able to retire. So these workers got together and through their union, they negotiated a fiscally responsible agreement with the Governor to fund a 23-cent/hour contribution toward their retirement. Home care workers are dedicated to helping others. They take care of our parents, our children, and even ourselves, and now as … Continue reading
OLYMPIA – House Democrats unveiled their 2015-17 operating budget plan on Friday – a budget that will add $3.2 billion in additional K-12 investments over the next two years compared to the 2013-15 budget. The HDC proposal is the first budget proposal on the table that puts the state in full compliance with the Supreme Court’s McCleary ruling, which mandates the state adequately fund basic education by 2018. “After seven years of cuts totaling more than $12 billion, we have … Continue reading
Post by Washington House Democrats.
OLYMPIA—This afternoon the House of Representatives passed two middle-class prosperity measures that will strengthen the economy and protect working families. “When recession hits, working families are hit the hardest. When the economy recovers all the gains go to the wealthy few,” said Rep. Mike Sells, D-Everett, Chairman of the House Labor Committee. “Our economy should work for everyone, so strengthening the minimum wage and providing working families with much needed sick and safe leave are tried and true methods that will … Continue reading