UPDATE 9:45 a.m. Senate leaders released a list of school-related measures that senators may consider on the floor today.
They include three Republican proposals that the majority describes as education-reform bills:
- Sen. Steve Litzow‘s proposal to give principals an effective veto over teacher reassignments. Teachers and principals would both have to agree on placement, and if they didn’t agree, the teacher could eventually be fired.
- Sen. Bruce Dammeier’s bill setting reading requirements for third-graders. Unless they fall under an exemption or their parents don’t agree, third-graders would be held back from the fourth grade if they score “below basic” on the state language-arts test.
- Litzow’s bill that would give schools a letter grade of A-F.
Original post from Jimmy Lovaas:
The Senate and House will hold floor sessions starting at 9 and 10 a.m., respectively. Both chambers will break for caucus and are likely to hold additional sessions in the afternoon or evening.
A bill that would eliminate the death penalty will receive a public hearing in front of the House Judiciary Committee. Rep. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, is House Bill 1504’s primary sponsor. The hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m.
The House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee will hold a joint meeting with the Technology and Economic Development Committee at 8 a.m. The committees will hear public testimony on Initiative 522, a proposal that would require retail food that has been produced with genetic engineering to be labeled accordingly.