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Reps. Hope and Dunshee team up for special education


April 11, 2011

The Washington State Senate on April 5 unanimously passed a bill sponsored by 44th District lawmakers to ease requirements on special education assessments.

Reps. Hans Dunshee and Mike Hope said they were pleased at the unanimous support in both chambers.

House Bill 1519 would ask the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to help with the transition from the current portfolio assessment to a common-task assessment for students with severe cognitive disabilities.

“This was the number one thing teachers of students with severe disabilities told us they needed to do their jobs better,” said Hope, R-Lake Stevens. “The main goal here is for the teachers and students to spend more time progressing and less time completing lengthy assessments.”

“This is a good day for students, parents and teachers,” said Dunshee, D-Snohomish. “It’s a common-sense reform that will help kids.”

The bill now goes to the governor’s desk for her action.


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