The session is moving fast and we’ve seen hundreds of bills introduced that impact public education. Last Friday was the policy cutoff deadline which means any bill that didn’t pass out of the assigned policy committee is considered “dead” for the session unless it is considered “necessary to implement the budget” and then is eligible for consideration until the last day of session. This means the world of bills we are considering has narrowed. The bills that are still moving forward now have to pass a vote of the full House of Representatives or Senate. The three education funding proposals HB 1843, SB 5607 and SB 5825 are all being considered to answer the McCleary court order. Please see links to all bills below.

Items of Interest

  • Healthcare/ PEBB: One particular hearing of interest last week was on SB 5726 which requires school and educational service districts provide based healthcare to employees through the Public Employees Benefits Board.  This bill will likely be in play for the remainder of the legislative session.   
  • OSPI/SBE Governance: HB 1886 passed out of the House Education Committee with an 11 to 6 vote. 
  • Language Access: HB 1451 passed out of House Education. 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. Requires the state health care authority to collaborate with the office of the superintendent of public instruction and interested schools, school districts, and educational service districts to implement procedures to claim federal reimbursement for the costs of medicaid administrative activities, including interpreter-related services, performed in the school setting.
  • Children’s Mental Health Workgroup: HB 1713 – 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. The bill has passed out of committee and is now waiting for a hearing schedule in the House Appropriations Committee. 
  • HB 1341 Regarding the PESB: passed out of the House Education 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.

2017 Education Funding Proposals 

The Proposals:

Comparisons:

This Weeks Schedule

Appropriations (House) – HHR A, JLOB – 2/20 @ 1:30pm 

  • SHB 1115 – Public Hearing – Concerning paraeducators.
  • HB 1282 – Public Hearing – Concerning career and technical education funding.
  • 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 child.
  • SHB 1713 – Public Hearing – Implementing recommendations from the children’s mental health work group.
  • HB 1741 – Public Hearing – Concerning educator preparation data for use by the professional educator standards board.

Transportation (House) – HHR B, JLOB – 2/20 @ 1:30pm

  • HB 1481 – Exec Session – Creating uniformity in driver training education provided by school districts and commercial driver training schools.

Ways & Means (Senate) – SHR 4, – 2/20 @ 1:30pm

  • SB 5833 – Public Hearing – Addressing the minimum retirement allowance under the teachers’ retirement system, plan 1.
  • SB 5550 – Public Hearing – Authorizing state agencies and institutions of higher education to contract for services.
  • SB 5183 – Public Hearing – Concerning career and technical education funding.
  • SSB 5605 – Public Hearing – Aligning the office of the superintendent of public instruction’s background check authority with that of the department of early learning.

Appropriations (House) – HHR A, JLOB – 2/21 @ 1:30pm

  • SHB 1115 – Exec Session – Concerning paraeducators.
  • SHB 1434 – Exec Session – 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 child.
  • SHB 1819 – Public Hearing – Reducing certain documentation and paperwork requirements in order to improve children’s mental health and safety.
  • SHB 1046 – Exec Session – Concerning certificates of academic and individual achievement.
  • SHB 1713 – Exec Session – Implementing recommendations from the children’s mental health work group.
  • HB 1741 – Exec Session – Concerning educator preparation data for use by the professional educator standards board.

Capital Budget (House) – HHR B, JLOB – 2/22 @ 8:00am

  • SHB 1777 – Exec Session – Concerning the financing of early learning facilities.

Appropriations (House) – HHR A, JLOB – 2/22 @ 1:30pm

  • HB 1452 – Public Hearing – Concerning the opportunity scholarship program.
  • HB 1508 – Public Hearing – Promoting student health and readiness through meal and nutrition programs.
  • HB 1509 – Public Hearing – Concerning credit requirements for high school graduation.

Capital Budget (House) – HHR B, JLOB – 2/23 @ 8:00am

  • SHB 1777 – Exec Session – Concerning the financing of early learning facilities.

Detailed Bill Summary

Download a detailed list of bills concerning education.