Yakimaarea girl pushes legislature to eliminate state graduation requirement

first_imgTiffany Stewart is probably not the first high-school student to think it would be funny to do her senior project on getting rid of the senior project.She is, however, the first to persuade the Legislature to go along.It helps that Stewart’s stepfather is a member of the Legislature. In a last-minute change to a proposed update of state requirements for a diploma, Rep. David Taylor and his allies won elimination of the mandate for a culminating project.If Gov. Jay Inslee signs Senate Bill 6552 into law, and if school districts decide to use their new option to eliminate the project, seniors in the class of 2015 would be the first to avoid the extra work.“The bill goes into effect in 2015, so if everything goes right, then next year, this year’s juniors won’t have to do it,” said Stewart, a 17-year-old senior at East Valley High School near Yakima. “I’ve had the juniors and the sophomores and even some of the freshmen come up to me and give me a hug or a high five.”Don’t celebrate yet, kids.Districts would have to change their policies. Many are “deeply invested in it,” said Ben Rarick, executive director of the State Board of Education, while others view it “as a compliance hurdle.”last_img read more