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Senator wants new reforms in education funding

February 6th, 2013 - 5:51am

(Olympia) -- Local state Senator Jim Hargrove is pushing for better accountability with the public school system.

Hargrove's bill seeks to apply proven practices and positive outcomes to Washington's school system.

The Washington State Supreme Court's McCleary decision says $4-billion needs to be invested in K-12 education by 2018. Hoquiam Sen. Jim Hargrove says if we're going to spend the money, do it in places that have the best chance for success. Hargrove is sponsoring Senate Bill 5330, which would put the state's education resources into areas that are backed by research and evidence. As a former chair of the Senate Human Services and Corrections Committee, Hargrove says similar measures helped to lower the Washington crime rate to its lowest level in 30 years.

"We've done a lot of that by delivering evidence based programs and looking at outcomes and so I wanted to bring some of that same research, trying to look at each individual student and each set of problems and delivering programs that would take and target those, so we can use our scarce resources wisely and take and move the dial more," said Hargrove.

Hargrove called his education bill a menu of programs that have produced positive results. Those include teacher mentoring programs, the Building Bridges program to battle student dropouts and focusing on language development for teachers in districts with high levels of students learning to speak English.

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