87% of Citizens Comment Against Reduced WA Classtime Bill
Still, no definite explanation has been given by the State Board of Education or the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction as to why this bill is being pushed.
VAST MAJORITY OF CITIZEN INPUT IS AGAINST THE BILL
SB 5735, which is in committee now, would make permanent the one day of asynchronous learning (no in-person or distance classes).
As we reported earlier this week, Senator Perry Dozier of the 16th District (Walla Walla, Pasco) said it was created during the early days of school lockdowns when students were doing distance learning. The 'infamous' asynchronous day was usually a Wednesday and was used to give students a chance to finish or catch up on their online lessons. Even accomplished students initially found it difficult to get up.
But now, citizens and legislators are questioning why this is being pushed, since there has been such a fight to get students back into classrooms.
THIS BILL WOULD MAKE THAT DAY A PERMANENT OPTION
According to data supplied by Tracy Ellis, the Audio-Video Coordinator for the Washington State Senate Republicans, 87 percent of the citizens who either testified in the hearing Wednesday or commented on the bill were against the proposal, while about 9.5 percent are in favor. The rest of the respondents are listed as "other".
The website washingtonvotes.org is a great resource to look up a bill read about it, AND you can 'vote' whether you are for or against it and leave a comment.
As of this writing, the bill is still in committee and the input from citizens is being evaluated. You can still click on the washingtonvotes.org link and see the bill and voice your opinion.
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