HB 2690 would create a pilot project that establishes learning labs in middle and junior high schools to provide students the strategic and intentional support they need to achieve academically. The pilot project would start at the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year and end at the conclusion of the 2019-2020 school year. The stated purpose of the labs is to provide public middle and junior high school student with an organized and consistent learning environment to help them meet or exceed grade level standards, obtain the skills to be successful high school students, and be well prepared for postsecondary education. The bill limits no more than four percent of allocated funding to be used for administrative purposes. The bill dictates the pilot project shall be implemented in a county west of the Cascade Mountains with a total population between seven hundred thousand and eight hundred thousand people. Beginning August 1, 2017 and each August thereafter, the department in collaboration with the academic support entity that implements the pilot shall submit an annual progress report to the governor and relevant legislative committees. The final report (August 1, 2020) shall include a recommendation as to whether the pilot shall be continued, expanded, or discontinued.
HB 2690 was heard in the House Education committee but does not appear to have been exec'd and therefore is dead.