SEATTLE, WA - Gov. Jay Inslee says he hopes lawmakers can come to agreement on the state's teacher evaluation system before the Legislature adjourns next week.
If they don't, Washington's public school system stands to lose control of about $40 million in federal dollars.
His proposed new law would likely extend a waiver from the federal government from requirements of the No Child Left Behind Law.
Two different teacher and principal evaluation bills are making their way through the Legislature this week. One would require statewide standardized tests be used in some teacher evaluations, but wouldn't go into effect until the 2017-18 school year. The new rule would go away if the federal government does not extend the waiver.
An alternative bill, proposed by Senate Republicans, would not delay implementation or consider the waiver.