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Education pilot program OK’d (new law)

Published (5/25/2012)
By Erin Schmidtke
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A pilot program will allow school districts to pool resources to provide innovative delivery of programs and activities, with increased student achievement in mind.

Rep. Sondra Erickson (R-Princeton) and Sen. Al DeKruif (R-Madison Lake) sponsor the law that will establish a five-year pilot project managed by the Education Department. Groups of schools will apply for the program, with three to six selected to participate. The department will then monitor the project for successful results and recommend whether it should be continued.

Erickson said that the law will provide schools with an opportunity to be innovative and “move away from the status quo of programming or the status quo of using resources. … I think this is really an exciting time for school districts to consider this.”

The law is effective May 2, 2012, and applies to the 2013-2014 through 2017-2018 school years.

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