A bill that would give cash awards to Washington high schools that reduce their dropout rate has passed the state House of Representatives.
The bill cleared the House on a 54-42 vote and got mixed reviews in the House Education and Ways and Means committees because of its price tag.
The Columbian newspaper reports legislative staff estimate the cash awards could total $4.8 million a year. But the bill clearly states no awards would be given until money is appropriated.
The Office of Financial Management says as many as 340 high schools around the state might qualify for awards ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 depending on their success in reducing dropout rates. Individual schools would get 90 percent of the cash bonuses, with 10 percent going to their school districts.