Meeting focuses on new high school diploma

By The Tri-City HeraldJuly 8, 2014 

Mid-Columbia students, business owners and education and religious leaders will go to Spokane Wednesday to testify on the requirements of the new Career and College Ready High School Diploma.

The group, organized with the help of the League of Education Voters, will meet at 7 a.m. at 3315 W. Court Ave. to take a charter bus to the State Board of Education meeting, which begins at 10 a.m., a release said. The meeting includes a public hearing on the diploma's rules before voting on them.

The new 24-credit diploma was approved by the Legislature this year. It's intended to better prepare students for careers or higher education opportunities.

The group, which includes students with special education plans, intends to speak toward the importance of parent involvement with the new diploma, noting parents should have to sign off on aspects of their students' education and have a way to ensure their children are taking rigorous courses. They also want to restrict courses that can be waived and have more transparency from the school districts.

For more information, go to educationvoters.org or check out the state board's agenda and other materials on the diploma at www.sbe.wa.gov.

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