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January 24, 2014 at 8:10 AM

Daily round-up: State’s first charter school approved, House considers lowering K-12 class sizes

State’s first charter school approved (The Spokesman-Review): The Spokane School District has given the green light for Washington’s first charter school, set to open in the fall of 2015. Prep Pride is led by a former Spokane principal and will be open to struggling middle and high school students.

House bill would lower K-12 class sizes (AP): The state House of Representatives is considering a bill that would aim to reduce class sizes to 17 students in early grades and 25 in grades four through 12. Rep. Roger Goodman, the bill’s sponsor, proposed the measure as one way to help close the education funding gap set forth in the McCleary decision.

Legislators seek to increase high school graduation requirements (The Capitol Record): The House Education Committee held a hearing Thursday on two separate bills that would raise the number of required high school credits from 20 to 24. State Superintendent Randy Dorn urged lawmakers to increase education funding before raising graduation requirements.

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