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Chase amendment would have opened path to graduation

June 29th, 2015|

An amendment to the state operating budget today by Sen. Maralyn Chase, D-Shoreline, would have opened graduation to students who have satisfactorily mastered their high school curriculum but failed to pass a mandatory standardized test. The amendment failed on a voice vote.

“This was the last opportunity to allow these children to graduate with their classmates,” Chase said. “At a time when we could have and should have corrected a failed policy, it saddens me to say that this body ignored the students’ critical needs.”

The students in question, in schools across the state, are students who pass their classes and in many cases excel but are weak at taking standardized tests. Studies have shown that such tests are less reliable in measuring student learning than is the body of the students’ work over the course of the school year. Studies also suggest various demographic factors influence how well students do on standardized tests.

“Teacher after teacher will tell you that these tests measure how well students take tests, not what they have learned,” Chase said. “These tests are a mistake we voted into place and today we should have voted to correct our mistake.”

Chase’s amendment, in the final hours of the waning legislative calendar, marked the state’s last chance this year to help high school seniors receive the graduation honors that they earned.

“Today this chamber taught these students a cynical lesson in government and legislative courage,” Chase said. “They did not fail their classes, but we have failed them.”

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    Chase: Revenue package funds two key projects in 32nd District

Chase: Revenue package funds two key projects in 32nd District

June 29th, 2015|

The transportation revenue package passed today by the Senate includes funds to improve the intersection of SR 523 and 14th Street and to reduce congestion on SR 524 from 48th Ave. W to 37th Ave. W, Sen. Maralyn Chase, D-Shoreline, announced today.

As details of the package were negotiated jointly between the House and Senate, the House is expected to pass the package as well and Gov. Inslee has said he plans to sign the package into law.

“These are priority projects that will make travel on these roads smoother and safer,” Chase said. “These will bring important improvements to our 32nd District.”

In particular, Chase said, the SR 524 project will reduce congestion by adding multimodal capacity, including business access and transit lanes in each direction, undergrounding of overhead utilities, and new traffic signals.

The overall $31 billion revenue package will create 100,000 jobs and complete major state projects along SR 520 and SR 167 and other regional bottlenecks, Chase said.