Passage of SB 5748

Statement from Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Larry Nyland on passage of SB 5748
Posted on 03/13/2015

Seattle Public Schools has been working with legislators to restore the State's eligibility for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (aka NCLB) Flexibility Waiver. Earlier this week SB 5748 passed 26-23. The bill now moves to the House for consideration. Should Washington state's waiver be reinstated, as a result of this legislative change, we would no longer be under the guidelines of NCLB mandating that we send letters home to families notifying them that their child's school is "failing".

We would also regain flexibility over the 20 percent of Title I funds that are to be set aside for Public School Choice and Supplemental Education Services.

Washington became the first state in the nation to lose its waiver from the No Child Left Behind Act, which meant school districts across the state lost control over about $40 million in Title I dollars designated to support low-income students.

I want to thank our state senators, specifically Sen. David Frockt, Sen. Jamie Pedersen and Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, for voting in favor of SB 5748. If this bill becomes law, it will allow all Washington school districts to regain much needed and valuable flexibility.

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