Committee and Other Updates: Board members heard updates from staff and other members about SBE Equity and Legislative committee activities and grant-funded Early Childhood Education and Social Emotional Learning work, as well as reports from recently attended NASBE and iNACOL conferences, and briefings on upcoming legislative reports.
Legislator Panel for the 2019 Legislative Session: Rep. Paul Harris (Ranking Member, House Education Committee) and Rep. Monica Stonier (Vice-Chair, House Education Committee) shared their expectations and priorities for K-12 policy and budget issues that might arise in the 2019 legislative session.
Governor's Office Update: The Board heard about potential 2019-21 priorities from the Governor's Office as well as an update on the Career Connect Washington strategic plan launch last month.
K-12 Partner Panel: 2019 Legislative Session: The Board engaged with partners around those organizations' priorities, where SBE's priorities align with partners, and how the K-12 community can collaboratively advance key policy and budget priorities.
Discussion of Potential Legislative Priorities: The Board heard from the Legislative Committee on recommended priorities for the upcoming session, discussed those recommendations, and decided that 2019 and future legislative platforms would align with the newly approved strategic plan.
Basic Education Compliance Report: Staff presented on the preliminary results from districts verifying their offering of required instructional hours and graduation requirements. Preliminary data show that approximately three times as many districts require three credits of science and two credits of lab science for the Class of 2019 than for the Class of 2018.
High School Diploma Requirements: The Board discussed current flexibilities in the graduation requirement framework, the best ways to communicate those flexibilities to schools and families, and the communication pieces currently being developed that will support that Board priority.