This week marked another major session milestone. All of the bills from the Senate head to the House of Representatives for consideration and all of the House bills head to the Senate. So far this year 2,666 bill have been introduced. After ten weeks of hearings, debate, and votes- only 659 bills are technically still alive and trying to make their way to the Governor’s desk. The next few weeks will whittle down the number of bills still alive even further.

The big news last week was the passage of the levy cliff bill. We are pleased to see the passage of ESB 5023 which extends temporary levy provisions for one year. This additional leeway allows school districts to budget for the upcoming year without interruption to the current program for students.

Items of Interest

  • Healthcare/ PEBBSB 5726 has not moved in the Senate.  It can be considered “necessary to implement the budget” which allows action until the last day of session. 

  • OSPI/SBE GovernanceHB 1886 passed out of the House of Representatives with an amendment that requires a study of the duties of both OSPI and SBE and governance structure.  The new bill establishes a nine-member Legislative Task Force on K-12 Governance and Responsibilities (Task Force), and prescribes associated membership provisions and duties. Directs the Task Force to report its findings and recommendations, including recommendations regarding the appropriate roles and responsibilities of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education in the K-12 system, to the education committees of the Legislature by November 15, 2017. Expires provisions establishing and governing the Task Force on January 31, 2018.
  • Language Access: HB 1451 did not pass the Appropriations Committee and is considered dead for the legislative session. The bill creates a language access advisory committee to develop tools and recommendations to improve language access for public school students and families with limited English proficiency; and (2) Select two educational service districts, one from each side of the crest of the Cascade mountains, that volunteer to act as language access lighthouse collaboratives. Requires educational service districts to: (1) Maintain the capacity to offer language access trainings using the model curricula adopted by the superintendent of public instruction; and (2) Develop and periodically update a language access plan. 
  • Children’s Mental Health Workgroup: HB 1713 passed the House and is now scheduled in the Senate Committee on Human Services, Mental Health, and Housing on 3/16 at 1:30.  This is Rep. Senn’s bill to implement the recommendations of the Children’s Mental Health Workgroup. Requires educational service districts to establish a lead staff person for mental health. Please see the summery of the substitute proposal.  Mental Health Leads in Educational Service Districts. Each Educational Service District (ESD) must establish a lead staff person for mental health. The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) must employ a children’s mental health services coordinator to provide support for the ESD leads. The OSPI must designate one ESD as a “lighthouse” to provide technical assistance to the other ESDs, including technical assistance with Medicaid billing for schools and school districts.
  • HB 1341 Regarding the PESB: passed out of the House and is moving on to the Senate. The bill prohibits the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) from requiring professional certification for school administrators. Requires the PESB to adopt new rules for professional certification for teachers that meet specified requirements, by September 1, 2017. Bases eligibility for the professional teacher certificate on professional developments credits, rather than on a uniform and externally administered professional-level certification assessment. The House has passed a modified proposal and may vote this week and allow the bill to move forward in the process.

2017 Education Funding Proposals 

The Proposals:


  • Article I. Side-by-Side Comparisons (SB 5607 and HB 1843)

This Weeks Schedule

Early Learning & K-12 Education (Senate) – SHR 1, – 3/13 @ 1:30pm

  • SHB 1235 – Public Hearing – Assessing physical education practices in public schools.
  • SHB 1279 – Public Hearing – Concerning school safety drills.
  • SHB 1444 – Public Hearing – Facilitating on-time grade level progression and graduation for certain students.

Education (House) – HHR A, JLOB – 3/13 @ 1:30pm

  • SB 5129 – Public Hearing – Concerning charter school students participating in interschool athletics and extracurricular activities.
  • SSB 5142 – Public Hearing – Concerning educational interpreters.
  • SSB 5241 – Public Hearing – Concerning the educational success of youth who are homeless or in foster care.
  • SB 5488 – Public Hearing – Changing the annual reporting date for the transitional bilingual instruction program.
  • SSB 5641 – Public Hearing – Changing nomenclature for first-class and second-class school districts.

Higher Education (Senate) – SHR 3, – 3/14 @ 8:00am

  • ESHB 1333 – Public Hearing – Requiring establishment of a systemwide policy for granting credit for AP exams.

Early Learning & K-12 Education (Senate) – SHR 1, – 3/14 @ 1:30pm

  • 2SHB 1341 – Public Hearing – Concerning professional certification for teachers and school administrators.
  • ESHB 1319 – Public Hearing – Concerning the frequency of evaluations for certain educators.
  • HB 1732 – Public Hearing – Concerning the confidentiality of educator professional growth plans.
  • SHB 1741 – Public Hearing – Concerning educator preparation data for use by the professional educator standards board.

Education (House) – HHR A, JLOB – 3/14 @ 1:30pm

  • HB 1781 – Public Hearing – Requiring composting and recycling in public schools.
  • HB 1896 – Public Hearing – Expanding civics education in public schools.

Human Services, Mental Health & Housing (Senate) – SHR 2, – 3/14 @ 1:30pm 

  • E2SHB 1713 – Public Hearing – Implementing recommendations from the children’s mental health work group.
  • E2SHB 1819 – Public Hearing – Reducing certain documentation and paperwork requirements in order to improve children’s mental health and safety.

Capital Budget (House) – HHR B, JLOB – 3/14 @ 3:30pm

  • SSB 5453 – Public Hearing – Concerning school construction assistance grants for small, rural school districts.
  • ESSB 5702 – Public Hearing – Improving state funding for school construction, modernization, and asset preservation.

Judiciary (House) – HHR A, JLOB – 3/15 @ 8:00am

  • ESSB 5293 – Public Hearing – Concerning court-based and school-based efforts to promote attendance and reduce truancy.

State Government (Senate) – SHR 2, – 3/15 @ 8:00am

  • ESHB 1594 – Public Hearing – Improving public records administration.
  • EHB 1595 – Public Hearing – Concerning costs associated with responding to public records requests.

Early Learning & Human Services (House) – HHR C, JLOB – 3/15 @ 1:30pm

  • 2SSB 5107 – Public Hearing – Facilitating local funding and involvement in expanding early childhood education and assistance program eligibility. 

Higher Education (House) – HHR D, JLOB – 3/15 @ 1:30pm

  • ESB 5234 – Public Hearing – Requiring establishment of credit policies regarding AP exams.

Appropriations (House) – HHR A, JLOB – 3/15 @ 3:30pm

  • SSB 5833 – Public Hearing – Addressing the minimum retirement allowance under the teachers’ retirement system, plan 1.

Education (House) – HHR A, JLOB – 3/16 @ 8:00am

  • SSB 5064 – Public Hearing – Concerning freedom of expression rights of students at public schools and institutions of higher education.
  • ESSB 5449 – Public Hearing – Concerning digital citizenship, media literacy, and internet safety in schools.
  • SB 5639 – Public Hearing – Concerning alternative student assessments.

Early Learning & K-12 Education (Senate) – SHR 1, – 3/16 @ 1:30pm

  • SHB 1445 – Public Hearing – Concerning dual language in early learning and K-12 education.
  • ESHB 1600 – Public Hearing – Increasing the career and college readiness of public school students.
  • SHB 1618 – Public Hearing – Concerning family and community engagement coordinators.

Detailed Bill Summary

Download a detailed list of bills concerning education.