House unanimously passes Rep. Michelle Caldier’s bill to address dropout prevention for at-risk youth

For the third time in two years, House Bill 1855 has unanimously passed the state House. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Michelle Caldier, would waive local school district graduation requirements for at-risk youth. It would not affect state graduation requirements.

Caldier’s bill passed the House twice in 2015, once during the regular legislative session and once in the second special session, but did not receive a floor vote in the Senate. Caldier is hopeful the third time is the charm.

“One of my greatest passions in life is advocating for at-risk youth and helping them get on a path toward success,” said Caldier, R-Port Orchard. “A quality education changed my path in life. It brought me out of poverty and helped lead me to where I am today. For homeless and foster youth in Washington state, the high school dropout rate is above 30 percent — nearly three times higher than the average for all students. That is a tragedy. My bill would help reduce that number significantly, which is why I’m continuing to push to get it through the Legislature and to the governor’s desk.”

House Bill 1855, which was approved 97-0, now goes to the Senate for further consideration. The 2016 legislative session is scheduled to adjourn March 10.


Washington State House Republican Communications