Real Hope Act heads to governor’s desk for signature: Legislation that would expand college financial aid eligibility to students who were illegally brought to the U.S. as children is headed to Gov. Jay Inslee’s desk for approval after passage by the House and Senate. The bill, which originated in the Senate but closely resembles the House’s Dream Act legislation, includes a $5 million appropriation.
Teacher-evaluation bill dies in state Senate: An unusual alliance of the Senate’s majority Republicans and minority Democrats voted Tuesday to defeat a bill that would have required state test scores to be used in teacher and principal evaluations. Federal education officials had said earlier that the state is at risk of losing its No Child Left Behind waiver for not considering test scores in evaluations.
Three Seattle-area high schools among 15 finalists in national jazz competition: For the first time in school history, the jazz band from Snoqualmie’s Mt. Si High School will compete in Essentially Ellington, a competition in New York City that is considered the “Cadillac” of student band competitions. Garfield and Roosevelt high schools were also among the 15 finalists.