'Do Pass' given to local school control bill
OLYMPIA--The House Education Committee voted "Do Pass" on a bill sponsored by Rep. Ian Elliot, R-Kirkland, giving school principals, working with school boards, teachers, and parents, the flexibility to waive certain state laws and policies for their school or district.
"What we're asking is not that the schools get the waivers, but that the principal gets the waiver," said Elliot. "The principal has to convince the school boardmembers who will be on the line for the decisions they make and responsible to the voters."
In response to those who said the systems were already in place to monitor which state rules were hampering local jurisdictions, Elliot said that in his experience, the "one-size-fits-all" rules were the most controversial.
"This bill gets those types of discussions back into the school boards where they belong, where the people can look at their own situation and make those determinations," Elliot said.
The local waiver would not apply to areas of health, civil rights, safety, certain state and federal assessment, accountability and reporting requirements, some standardized tests and annual performance reports. Public review and comment are also written into the bill.