Core 24 – Education for the 21st Century

The State Board of Education will consider changes to the required number and distribution of credits required for high school graduation at their meeting tomorrow and Thursday. It is clear to the legislature, and pretty much to everyone who looks at the issue seriously, that it’s almost impossible to be prepared for college with fewer than 24 credits. Since I believe that every child should have the opportunity to go to college if that’s what they want to do it’s clear to me that high schools should be required to offer 24 credits. (This means at least a six period day.)

A bipartisan group of legislators sent a letter to the State Board of Education that expresses our opinion on this. You can read more about the issue at http://www.educationvoters.org/2010/09/10/core-24-23-23-21-19-18-17-16/ and send your comment directly to the State Board. They’ve heard a lot from me on this issue and hearing from you will help.

About the Author

Ross
I am the Director of the Department of Early Learning for Washington State. I formerly represented the 48th Legislative District in the State House of Representatives, chairing the Appropriations committee and spent many a year at Microsoft.