Thursday, February 12, 2009

Washington - The Road to Success

Washington Learns’ 2005 Interim Report spurred significant gains for education in the 2006 legislative session, including:
  • Creation of a cabinet-level Department of Early Learning that consolidates more than a half-dozen childcare and early learning programs, giving real focus to helping our youngest learners thrive early in life.

  • Programs and funding to help high school students achieve graduation standards.

  • Mentor and apprenticeship programs that help middle and high school students prepare for life after graduation whether entering the workforce or college.

Many of the recommendations from the 2006 Final Report were passed by the 2007 legislative session, including:
  • Expansion of all-day kindergarten.

  • Programs to ensure better math and science teaching and learning.

  • Scholarship programs and grants to give more people access to higher education.

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