Rep. Harris’ charter school bill gets a “yes” from the Senate

Rep. Paul Harris' bill that would enhance administration capabilities at Washington state charter schools has moved one step closer to becoming law, after the Washington State Senate overwhelmingly passed the bill on a vote of 46-2, Thursday.

“This is a great victory for charter schools in our state,” said Harris, R-Vancouver. “But ultimately, it's a great victory for the students who attend these schools. This legislation will set our charter schools up for more success, and that means more success for our kids.”

House Bill 2853 would promote efficient administration of the Washington State Charter School Commission, by allowing the commission to hire an executive director. The person in this role could also hire employees to help the commission with its duties.

“If the governor signs this bill into law, I'm confident that Washington charter schools will take several positive steps forward,” said Harris.

The bill would help the charter school commission operate more effectively, with the assistance of the executive director. It would also ensure the right people are in place to help charter schools perform better and be successful.

The 2020 legislative session is scheduled to end on March 12.


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