State board to consider Mukilteo waiver request

By Nicholas Johnson | Mar 08, 2017

The State Board of Education is set to consider May 8-9 the Mukilteo School District’s recent request for a waiver from state graduation requirements that would affect the class of 2019.

The board meets May 8-9 at the Everett Public Schools District Office in Everett. The meeting is the board’s second of six scheduled this year.

The 24-credit graduation standard required by state law would affect current sophomores and freshman. That’s why the Mukilteo School Board passed a resolution Feb. 27 asking for a two-year waiver for the classes of 2020 and 2021.

“If you flunk one class, you can’t get the 24 credits,” district spokesperson Andy Muntz said. “The concern is: how do we give the students adequate support to meet this requirement? We felt we needed more time to figure that out.”

Currently, the state requires 18 credits to graduate. Mukilteo has already increased its requirement beyond that to 22.5 credits.

“Meeting the credit requirement is the biggest issue for not graduating,” Muntz said, adding that the district needs more time to fully implement support systems and resources that will assist students.

Muntz said he’s confident the waiver will be granted as many neighboring districts have already received a waiver.

“I think pretty much every district is looking at this,” he said. “Most others have already gotten a waiver.”

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