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.  This is one to continue watching.  It requires school and educational service districts provide based healthcare to employees through the Public Employees Benefits Board.

  • OSPI/SBE GovernanceHB 1886  is being heard in the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Committee this week.  It 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 waiting for a vote in the Senate policy committee. 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. 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 PESBpassed out of the House and is waiting for a vote in the Senate policy committee. 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, – 3/20 @ 1:30pm

  • SHB 1046 – Public Hearing – Concerning certificates of academic and individual achievement.

Education (House) – HHR A, JLOB – 3/20 @ 1:30pm

  • SB 5070 – Public Hearing – Concerning paraeducators.
  • SB 5662 – Public Hearing – Authorizing the superintendent of public instruction to designate a member of the professional educator standards board.
  • SSB 5712 – Public Hearing – Developing a bilingual educational workforce.

Ways & Means (Senate) – SHR 4, – 3/20 @ 3:30pm

  • SB 5853 – Public Hearing – Concerning career and technical education funding. (Hearing is on the Proposed Substitute.)

Early Learning & Human Services (House) – HHR C, JLOB – 3/21 @ 8:00am

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

Higher Education (House) – HHR D, JLOB – 3/21 @ 8:00am

  • ESB 5234 – Exec Session – Requiring establishment of credit policies regarding AP exams.

Local Government (House) – HHR D, JLOB – 3/21 @ 10:00am

  • SB 5399 – Public Hearing – Concerning the use of background checks for persons who work with children, persons with developmental disabilities, and vulnerable adults.

Early Learning & K-12 Education (Senate) – SHR 1, – 3/21 @ 1:30pm 

  • EHB 1551 – Public Hearing – Creating a competitive equipment assistance grant program to enhance student nutrition in public schools.
  • ESHB 1508 – Public Hearing – Promoting student health and readiness through meal and nutrition programs.

Education (House) – HHR A, JLOB – 3/21 @ 1:30pm 

  • HJR 4204 – Public Hearing – Amending the Constitution to provide for a simple majority of voters voting to authorize school district bonds at general elections.

Human Services, Mental Health & Housing (Senate) – SHR 2, – 3/21 @ 1:30pm 

  • 2SHB 1170 – Public Hearing – Maintaining and facilitating court-based and school-based efforts to promote attendance and reduce truancy.

Local Government (House) – HHR D, JLOB – 3/22 @ 8:30am

  • SB 5399 – Exec Session – Concerning the use of background checks for persons who work with children, persons with developmental disabilities, and vulnerable adults.

Higher Education (House) – HHR D, JLOB – 3/22 @ 1:30pm

  • ESB 5234 – Exec Session – Requiring establishment of credit policies regarding AP exams.

Education (House) – HHR A, JLOB – 3/23 @ 8:00am 

  • HB 1539 – Public Hearing – Regarding a curriculum for the prevention of sexual abuse of students.
  • SSB 5064 – Exec Session – Concerning freedom of expression rights of students at public schools and institutions of higher education.
  • SB 5129 – Exec Session – Concerning charter school students participating in interschool athletics and extracurricular activities.
  • SSB 5142 – Exec Session – Concerning educational interpreters.
  • SSB 5241 – Exec Session – Concerning the educational success of youth who are homeless or in foster care.
  • ESSB 5449 – Exec Session – Concerning digital citizenship, media literacy, and internet safety in schools.
  • SB 5488 – Exec Session – Changing the annual reporting date for the transitional bilingual instruction program.
  • SB 5639 – Exec Session – Concerning alternative student assessments.
  • SSB 5641 – Exec Session – Changing nomenclature for first-class and second-class school districts.

Higher Education (Senate) – SHR 3, – 3/23 @ 8:00am

  • SHB 1293 – Public Hearing – Concerning witnessing a student’s college bound scholarship pledge when efforts to obtain a parent’s or guardian’s signature are unsuccessful.
  • E2SHB 1512 – Public Hearing – Expanding college bound scholarship eligibility.

Early Learning & K-12 Education (Senate) – SHR 1, – 3/23 @ 1:30pm

  • ESHB 1017 – Public Hearing – Addressing the siting of schools and school facilities.
  • ESHB 1886 – Public Hearing – Establishing a legislative task force to review issues relating to the responsibilities of the superintendent of public instruction and the state board of education.

Judiciary (House) – HHR A, JLOB – 3/23 @ 1:30pm

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

State Government (Senate) – SHR 2, – 3/24 @ 8:00am

  • SHB 1434 – Public Hearing – Adding the use of shared leave for employees who are sick or temporarily disabled because of pregnancy disability or for the purposes of parental leave to bond with the employee’s newborn, adoptive, or foster care