Washington Legislature approves pilot program education bill
March 8, 2012 -
SEATTLE, Wash. (AP) - The state Senate has approved an education reform bill, supported by Governor Gregoire, but criticized by some lawmakers as not doing enough for students.
The "Collaborative Schools" proposal is authorizing a five-year pilot project where up to six schools could partner with the colleges that train future teachers. The colleges would train teacher candidates at the schools, and mentor teachers that are already working in classrooms.
The focus would be on working with struggling kids. The bill now heads to the governor's desk.
The concern among several lawmakers is that the bill can only help up to six schools, and they believe every school in the state deserves some extra guidance for working with struggling schools.