Introduced by Rep. John McCoy (Tulalip) (D) on January 26, 2005 To require school districts to offer Washington state and United States history as well as tribally and district-approved history and culture curricula of a federally recognized Indian tribe whose reservation sits within the boundaries of that school district. See companion SB 5655. Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Education Committee on January 26, 2005
Substitute offered to the House Education Committee on March 1, 2005 To require information about tribal history, culture, and government to be included only in the half-credit Washington State history course for high school graduation. A teacher does not have to be approved by a tribe in order to teach the history and culture curriculum of the tribe.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on March 9, 2005
Referred to the House Rules Committee on March 2, 2005
Referred to the Senate Early Learning, K-12 and Higher Education Committee on March 10, 2005
Amendment offered to the Senate on April 1, 2005 By the Senate Early Learning, K-12 and Higher Education Committee, to encourage the Washington State School Directors' Association to convene regional meetings and invite the tribal councils from the region. The State Board of Education is required to consider American Indian information to fulfill high school graduation requirements in Washington state history and government. School district boards of directors are encouraged to incorporate curricula about tribes within and near the school district, including tribes within Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on April 7, 2005
Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on April 4, 2005
Amendment offered by Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe (Bothell) (D) on April 7, 2005 To encourage school districts to collaborate with any federally recognized Indian tribe within their district, and with neighboring Indian tribes, to incorporate expanded and improved curricular materials about Indian tribes, and to create programs of classroom and community cultural exchanges.