House passes first bill sponsored by Rep. Michelle Caldier

The House unanimously passed a bill by Rep. Michelle Caldier, R-Port Orchard, to help address dropout prevention for at-risk youth. It was the newly-elected lawmaker's first bill to pass out of the state House of Representatives.

House Bill 1855 would allow at-risk youth to waive local school district graduation requirements. Current law already provides a similar waiver for military families. It would not affect state graduation requirements.

“I'm so pleased to see this bill move forward to help foster youth and other at-risk students,” said Caldier. “This would waive local requirements like the one at South Kitsap High School for students to take one semester of swim class.”

The proposal was approved unanimously in the House Education Committee Feb. 19. With today's House approval, the bill now goes to the Senate for further consideration. The 2015 session is scheduled to adjourn April 26.

Click here to listen to Rep. Caldier's speech on the House floor.

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