This week the legislature will spend much of its time passing bills on the floors of both the Senate and House of Representatives.  Any bill that hasn’t passed out of the assigned fiscal committee is considered dead for the session.

Items of Interest

  • Education funding plans: The Senate Ways and Means Committee is holding a hearing today on the third publicly available education funding plan: SB 5825. This is Senator Mullet’s plan which makes local levies permanent at their current rate.  It also allows for additional levies to be used for enrichment activities.  It doubles LEA , establishes a minimum salary for certified staff, provides a per pupil funding approach within current prototypical funding model at $ 11,500 for each student. There is a hold harmless provision to protect districts from going backwards in funding during the transition period.  The House Democrats passed the policy framework for their funding proposal in HB 1843 however they did not pass the revenue needed to fund the plan.  The bill passed out on a party line vote. The Senate released updated numbers to support their plan outlined in SB 5607. Both chambers have passed proposals and negotiations can begin.  

  • Healthcare/ PEBBSB 5726 which requires school and educational service districts provide based healthcare to employees through the Public Employees Benefits Board was modified and passed out of Ways and Means last week.  This substitute proposal will be considered until the very end of  session.
  • OSPI/SBE GovernanceHB 1886 passed out of the House Education Committee with an 11 to 6 vote. The next step for this bill is to be voted on by the full House of Representatives before it is passed on to the Senate.
  • 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 substitute proposal passed out of the House Appropriations Committee and is eligible for a full vote of the House. 
  • HB 1341 Regarding the PESBpassed 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. 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:

Comparisons:

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

This Weeks Schedule

Ways & Means (Senate) – SHR 4, – 2/27 @ 10:00am

  • SB 5825 – Public Hearing – Addressing the state’s paramount duty to fully fund K-12 education by creating a new partnership between the state and local school districts. (Hearing is on the Proposed Substitute.)

Detailed Bill Summary

Download a detailed list of bills concerning education.