Gov. Chris Gregoire speaks to CPHS math students.
Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire chose Clover Park High School (CPHS) on Monday, Dec. 11, as the place to announce a plan to spend nearly $200 million on improving math and science education.
Students in Joy Cruz and Kristen Creese’s Extended Algebra 1 class were among the first in the state to hear future plans to improving teacher salaries and math teaching strategies. With recent successes in small school implementation and national recognition in reducing drop-out rate, Gregoire picked CPHS for her announcement.
The governor said Washington students need math and science skills to be competitive in a future world economy.
Gregoire also used her time at CPHS to explain the proposed postponement of math and science components of the Washington State Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) graduation requirements.
Additionally, the governor’s math and science initiative plans to reduce class sizes, recruit additional teachers and increase teacher training, and establish a salary bonus system for national board certified teachers.
Story and pictures by Rich Bartell
(from left) John Seaton, Dr. Doris McEwen Harris, Clover Park School District superintendent and Gov. Chris Gregoire.