Caldier bill facilitating on-time graduation of homeless and at-risk youth passes House in unanimous vote

In a unanimous vote Wednesday, the House passed Rep. Michelle Caldier’s bill to require school districts to facilitate on-time grade-level progression and graduation for homeless children, at-risk youth and children in need of services.

Under House Bill 1444, local graduation requirements would be waived and a diploma would be issued for high school students who had enrolled in three or more districts throughout the year and met state graduation requirements.

Under state law, similar waivers are provided for children in military families.

“We cannot allow these students to fall behind their peers and slip through the cracks,” said Caldier, R-Port Orchard. “We have a responsibility to provide every student in Washington state with the opportunity to succeed. I am proud that each and every representative in the House acknowledged that with their vote, and look forward to continuing to advocate for this bill as it moves through the legislative process.”

House Bill 1444 now moves to the Senate for further consideration.


Washington State House Republican Communications