High-quality educational opportunity is Washington’s constitutional obligation to every child, however, Washington’s four-year high school graduation rate is approximately 79% - and even lower for homeless and foster youth. We can do better.
Continued work on classroom size reductions, early intervention for struggling students, and addressing excessive testing requirements are some steps we can take to improve educational success.
In addition, all students should learn basic life skills by high school graduation. This should include instruction on personal financial management, household management, civic engagement, and exposure to trades and other professions during their high school years.