Bill supporting a meaningful high school diploma passes the Senate with bipartisan support
Last week, the Senate passed SB 6552 with strong bipartisan support and a vote of 45-4. The Excellent Schools Now Coalition applauds the Senate's efforts. We have been hearing from hundreds of concerned parents, educators, and community members about this issue, through events, testimony, and via our online petition.
We are asking Washington Representatives in the House to join the Senate in supporting a meaningful high school diploma so that all kids in Washington can graduate ready for college and career. Thank you to partners Teachers United and Democrats for Education Reform for sharing and promoting the petition!
Working to ensure all our kids are college and career ready
Please ask your community members, friends, and supporters to join us in working to ensure all our kids are college and career ready. Right now, fewer than half of all graduating seniors can meet the basic admissions requirements for a state university. And only 6 in 10 are considered "qualified" by Washington employers. In fact, more than half of all community college students have to take remedial classes to learn basic skills they should have mastered in high school.
But we can fix this together. Sign the petition now for a College and Career Ready Diploma.
ESN Coalition work in support of the college and career ready diploma
The ESN Coalition Steering Committee has been working hard raise awareness and support for this issue through a variety of methods, include: op-eds, a full-page ad in the Olympian, social media campaigns, email blasts, in-person events, and more!
In the media
- Full-page ad by the ESN Coaltion in The Olympian | Feb. 18, 2014
- Expand Washington's graduation requirements to 24 credits, in The Seattle Times | Feb. 17, 2014
By Jeff Vincent, Board President, Partnership for Learning
- The case for tougher graduation requirements, in Washington State Wire | Feb. 9, 2014
By Jana Carlisle, Executive Director, Partnership for Learning
- What does our diploma mean? Not much, employers say, in The Seattle Times Education Lab blog | Feb. 4, 2014
By Seattle Times' Claudia Rowe; Quotes Mary Beth Lambert, Communications Director, League of Education Voters
In social media
The ESN Coalition Steering Committee has been running ad campaigns in Facebook and Twitter. Below are sample posts that you can modify or share directly through your social networks:
Upcoming ESN Full Coalition Meeting
Save the date for our next ESN full coalition meeting: Wednesday, March 26, 8:30–10:00 a.m. The meeting will take place at the 2100 Building, 2100 24th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144.