Rude’s proposed legislation addresses learning loss in WA

OLYMPIA – State Rep. Skyler Rude (R-Walla Walla) has proposed legislation to address learning loss by emphasizing the placement of tutors in schools and increasing the presence of paraeducators in classrooms.

House Bill 2387 would improve student outcomes by funding additional paraeducators to deliver high-quality, personalized instruction for students in math and reading. It would also address COVID-related learning loss by funding a new temporary tutoring program to students who have fallen furthest behind.

According to data from the Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, 60 percent of Washington’s students are failing math, and 50 percent are failing reading. Over the past few years, public schools have lost over 60,000 students, suggesting that many families are not satisfied with the education their children are receiving.