Three legislators have told the State Board of Education it misinterpreted Act 46 and needs to build more flexibility into its proposed rules for an alternative pathway for school districts to merge under the law.
“I think the State Board of Education has misinterpreted the Legislature’s intent,” said Sen. Anthony Pollina, P/D-Washington. “I read the draft rules. I was there when we debated the legislation, and I have talked to people in my community. I think it is fair to say that the board has misinterpreted what the Legislature intended.” Pollina did not vote for or support Act 46 when it was passed in 2015.
His co-authors on the Tuesday letter to education officials are Sen. Ann Cummings, D-Washington, who chairs the Education Committee, and Rep. Janet Ancel, D-Calais.
In their letter to Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe and state board Chair Stephan Morse, the legislators took issue with the Education Agency’s insistence in its guidance that the preferred merger model is best.
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