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Feb. 25, 2024

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‘At hope’ bill dies in Washington state committee

The Columbian

SEATTLE (AP) — The idea of changing Washington state law to refer to poor kids as “at hope” instead of “at-risk” has died in a legislative committee.

The bill sponsored by Democratic State Sen. Rosa Franklin didn’t even have a hearing before the Washington Legislature’s deadline for passing bills out of their committee of origin.

Franklin says she proposed the bill because negative labels are hurting kids’ chances for success.

The chair of the Senate Education Committee says the idea needs more work before it can be debated in Olympia.