State council to meet on education

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WALLA WALLA — The state’s new education agency, the Washington Student Achievement Council, will hold a public meeting Tuesday to take input on shaping education across the state in the coming year.

The meeting will be held from 4:30-6 p.m. in conference rooms 185 ABC at Walla Walla Community College, 500 Tausick Way. The public is invited to share its input with WSAC board members. The council is also holding a public meeting Monday in Pullman.

The WSAC was established by the Legislature in 2012, and is charged with building a comprehensive 10-year plan that will guide education reform and innovation.

The goal of the WSAC is to improve education access, achievement and outcomes for state citizens by bringing together all sectors of the state’s education system — from early learning through higher education.

The nine-member council includes five citizens, a current student and four education sector representatives — one from the four-year public universities, one from the public community and technical colleges, one from the not-for-profit independent colleges and universities and a representative from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. The council also solicits input from the state Department of Early Learning, the state Workforce Development Board, the state Board of Education and others.

More information is available at wsac.wa.gov.

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