Here is the statement today from Inslee spokeswoman Jaime Smith:
"The gov is leaving today for NGA conference. Confirmed he will be bringing up this issue when he meets with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. (The schedule now has the meeting taking place Sunday).
The governor wants to work with the U.S. Department of Education to find a path forward that will allow Washington the flexibility to continue its successful implementation of its Teacher & Principal Evaluation Program and also ensure federal education funds continue to be available for local schools.
The governor believes that the Department of Education should give positive consideration to the evaluation program, as well as the state's Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, School Accountability Program, WaKids Kindergarten Readiness Inventory, Learning Assistance Program accountability, and our steadfast bonus funding of National Board Certified Teachers in high needs schools.
The state must reach agreement with the Department of Education or find a legislative path forward to make sure that federal education funds are available for local schools to improve outcomes for more students. "