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Governor signs Bickleton school bill


Legislation authored by Rep. Norm Johnson, R-Yakima, that would allow the Bickleton School District to retain a four-day class week and give public hospitals the ability to participate in job order contracting received the governor’s signature this week. A third measure Johnson supported that requires visual screening in schools also was signed into law.

House Bill 2476 authorizes the Washington State Board of Education to continue granting waivers to school districts from the 180-day minimum school year requirement. That authority and waivers had been set to expire Aug. 31, 2017.

Johnson said the authority was originally given in 2009 by the Legislature from a bill sponsored by the...

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