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April 16: Senator to speak on future of K-12 education

By C. Brandon Chapman, College of Education 

McCoy-80PULLMAN, Wash. – K-12 testing, graduation requirements and diversity and opportunity in education will be discussed in a free, public presentation by Washington Sen. John McCoy (D-38) at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, in the CUB junior ballroom at Washington State University.

A Q & A session and reception will follow. Free parking will be available. Please RSVP at

In “Recognizing Our Children’s Gifts: A Native American Legislator’s Perspective,” McCoy will address:

* Strategies for closing the educational opportunity gap at the state and local levels.

* The need to increase the ethnic diversity of students graduating from the state’s education colleges.

* State- and federal-mandated K-12 testing.

* The pros and cons of the 24-credit high school graduation requirement.

* The impact of the 2012 state Supreme Court McCleary decision that public education is not sufficiently funded.

The Suwyn Family Lecture Series in Education is supported by an endowment from WSU alumni Mark (‘67) and Patt Suwyn (‘67) to promote informed discussion about important educational matters.

More information about the event, the Suwyns and McCoy may be found at

Questions may be directed to Amy Cox at 509-335-7843 or



Amy Cox, WSU College of Education, 509-335-7843,

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