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Eye On Olympia

Keep studying, kids…

"I'm not interested. I'm not interested. I am not interested."

---Gov. Chris Gregoire, when asked what she thinks of some lawmakers' proposal to delay not just the graduation requirement that high schoolers pass the math portion of the Washington Assessement of Student Learning, but the reading and writing parts, too.

"When you see the progress that we have made -- I mean amazing progress -- 30-some percentage points in reading and 40-some percentage points in writing, we're not failing. We're succeeding. Why would we turn the clock back?"

The governor stopped short of saying she'd veto such a bill, but repeated her point that "I'm not interested in a delay":

"This idea that we are letting our students down by setting standards -- we are letting them down by not setting standards and holding them to standards,"

she said.

Short takes and breaking news from the Washington Legislature and the state capital.