It's been a hot button for years, even bigger now with the school system 'shutdowns' (remote learning) due to COVID. According to EducationWeek ( Oct. 8, 2020, K-12 enrollment figures in WA State have dropped by 31,000. That does NOT include those who have left since.   Many parents are seeking educational alternatives, and one of them is rapidly growing.

It's school choice, and vouchers.  These are funds-vouchers that allow parents to choose whether their child goes to public or private schools. House Bill (HB) 1215 has been introduced this week, and is being debated Friday, possibly Monday as well.

This bill would create 130,000 vouchers of $7,000 to be used towards private school education or home tuturing.  Citizens are encouraged to weigh in on this. Below is a list of all the legislators who serve on the House Education Committee, with all contact information:

HB 1215
House Education
Committee Hearings & Bill Information: (360) 786-7183
Legislative Hotline Operators: 1-800-562-6000
Santos, Sharon Tomiko (D)
Chair (360) 786-7944 Email
Dolan, Laurie (D)
Vice Chair (360) 786-7940 Email
Ybarra, Alex (R)
Ranking Minority Member (360) 786-7808
Walsh, Jim (R)
Assistant Ranking Minority Member (360) 786-7806
Berg, April (D) (360) 786-7892 Email
Bergquist, Steve (D)
(360) 786-7862 Email
Callan, Lisa (D) (360) 786-7876
McCaslin, Bob (R) (360)786-7820
McEntire, Joel (R) (360)786-7870 Email
Ortiz-Self, Lillian (D) (360) 786-7972 Email
Rude, Skyler (R) (360)786-7828
Steele, Mike (R) (360) 786-7832
Stonier,Monica Jurado (D) (360) 786-7872 Email
Committee Staff
Ethan MorenoResearch Analyst(360) 786-7386
Megan WargackiCounsel(360) 786-7194
Devin GaytonCommittee Assistant (360) 786-7183
 Should you wish, these would be the people to reach out to about this important bill.

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