Legislature Approves $3 million for PASS Program
OLYMPIA — May 25, 2011 — The state Legislature yesterday approved spending $3 million in 2011-13 for the Pay for Actual Student Success Program.
The PASS program, established during the 2011 legislative session through Engrossed Second Substitute House Bill 1599, creates a coordinated dropout prevention system.
“There are a number of dropout programs that are producing great results,” said Randy Dorn, state superintendent. “The PASS program provides a way to sustain those programs and keep kids in school and get them to graduate. Credit goes to Rep. Tim Probst, who sponsored the bill.”
During the 2011-13 biennium, the $3 million would be allocated to dropout programs that are proving to work in Washington state. Examples include:
In addition to the $3 million, a total of $944,000 was approved for Jobs for America’s Graduates and Building Bridges; an additional $2 million was approved for the college scholarship organization.
“According to a 2007 study, every dropout costs taxpayers more than $10,000 a year,” Dorn said. “Reducing dropout rates is one of my top priorities, and I believe it should be everybody’s.”
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K-12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine Educational Service Districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.
OSPI does not discriminate and provides equal access to its programs and services for all persons without regard to race, color, gender, religion, creed, marital status, national origin, sexual preference/orientation, age, veteran’s status or the presence of any physical, sensory or mental disability.
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