January 22, 2018
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Education Secretary DeVos approves Washington state's Every Student Succeeds Act plan

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has approved Washington state's plan for meeting the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the new K-12 federal education law that takes effect this coming fall.

The Seattle Times reports that state education officials worked for more than a year on the plan, which they submitted last September, and revised earlier this month.

“Washington’s plan met the requirements of the law, and so I am happy to approve it,” DeVos said in a news release sent Tuesday evening. “This plan should not be seen as a ceiling, but as a foundation upon which Washington can improve education for its students.”

The ESSA changes the previous state accountability measures in the former federal education law, No Child Left Behind.

For more on federal issues and education policy, contact AWB Government Affairs Director Amy Anderson.

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Key Workforce Education

Help community colleges meet job training needs

By The Editorial Board of The (Everett) Herald

The state's 34 community and technical colleges are playing an indispensable role in educating and preparing students for further study and advanced degrees at universities but also for more immediate jobs with employers throughout the state, particularly in manufacturing and other trades.

With some 740,000 job openings in the state expected over the next five years -- and more than half of those requiring post-high school education and training -- community and technical colleges represent the best option for many of those students...

Read the full editorial in The Herald
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