Washington State Board of Education
Weekly Update | October 4
State Board of Education Elections

State boards of education are integral to public education, and serve as an unbiased advocate for education decision making. SBE focuses on the big picture and makes policy based on the best interests of Washington students. The ballots for the State Board of Education were released on September 30 by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).

Candidates include:

  • Eastern, Position 1 - MJ Bolt                 
  • Western, Position 3 - John Towers
  • Western, Position 3 - Mary E. Fertakis, M.Ed. 
  • Private School Representative - Jan Brown

Ballots for this election must be postmarked by October 16. OSPI plans to count between October 23 and 25. Visit the OSPI elections site for more information.
Rules Update: SBE Files Proposed Rules about High School Graduation Requirements

On September 18, SBE filed proposed rules about Chapter 180-51 WAC (High School Graduation Requirements) following the September 12 approval of said rules.

At the end of August, SBE officially submitted to make changes as necessary to align rule to current policy or practice, correct references to law, implement recently passed legislation, improve readability of the rule, or make other changes identified during the review of the Chapter. Read more on our rulemaking web page .

SBE will host a public hearing on graduation pathway options rules on October 24. In-person, oral testimony will be open at pre-arranged hearing sites. See our Facebook event for more information.
High School & Beyond Plan 101

"Who am I? What can I become? How will I become that? These are questions many of us ask throughout our lives – starting at an early age and, often, continuing through adulthood..."

Read this quick break-down of the High School and Beyond Plan on the League of Education Voters blog (from Ready Washington's Ingrid Stegemoeller): HSBP 101 .
Save the Date: Let's Talk Graduation Pathway Options & Equity in Bremerton!

Join us in Bremerton on November 5 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. for a community forum on new graduation pathway options as these changes impact the class of 2020 and beyond!

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Let us know how and what kind of information you'd like to receive and we'll create the best outreach strategy to get you the news you need from the Washington State Board of Education!
Have an idea to include? Send your ideas or comments to sbe@k12.wa.us .