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Legislative priorities



Pasco superintendent Heather Fiorentino and the School Board have given their local legislative delegation a 10-point plan they'd like to see implemented during the 2008 session. The highlights:

  • Ensure adequate and flexible funding.
  • Clarify statutes relating to school concurrency to exempt school districts from compliance with transportation concurrency
  • Protect the Safe Schools Alliance and the Drug-Free Schools program
  • Maximize students' opportunities to participate in career academies.
  • Hold ESE guaranteed allocation harmless.
  • Implement a standardized teacher certification process.
  • Revise the formula for calculating Voluntary Pre-K funding.
  • Increase thresholds for the competitive bidding process.
  • Add a practical arts course to the state's high school graduation requirements.
  • Reallocate the unused portion of the breakfast program to districts that are voluntarily providing breakfast at secondary schools.

To read the rationale behind each point, see the district's two-page presentation here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:29am]


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