Bills of Interest

Halfway through the sessions, the following bills are in various stages:

School Safety

AESD priority bill HB 1216 is up for hearing today in the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Committee. The House passed the bill last week with a strong 83 to 14 vote. Please see floor debate beginning about 15:30 into the video.

School Employees Benefits (SEB)

HB 2096 is on hold in the House. The bill proposes delaying the implementation of SEBB for all ESD’s until 2024, but including represented ESD employees with the initial 2020 rollout. While the House has not yet moved the bill forward because it is “necessary to implement the budget” or NTIB.

School District Territory Transfers

SB 5731: Allows a petitioner to request a hearing by the Regional Committee on School District Organization if a school district dismisses a proposed transfer of territory initiated by citizen petition. We submitted an amendment request to Sen. Short who has agreed to include the amendment should the bill be scheduled for hearing in the House Education Committee.

Children’s Mental Health

SB 5903: Requires each ESD to have a behavior heath coordinator. Please note the fiscal note for the bill which is just over $1.8 million for all nine ESDs.

Climate Science

SB 5576 dead for the session. However, AESD submitted a budget proviso to budget writers and asked for the funding in the Operating Budget. We are asking the Ways and Means Chair to include funding in the budget for on-going professional development.

Special Education Advocate

Senator Braun agreed to an amendment removing ESDs from the advocacy role. SB 5532 was originally drafted to include a provision that requires ESDs to have a special education advocate. We submitted a letter of concerns and are asked for ESDs to be removed from the bill. Please note the bill moved off the Senate floor without the ESD amendment. We will be working to include the amendment in the House.

Career Connected Learning

SB 5327 Senate passed the bill to the House this week. Please notice section four which now says: Educational Service Districts shall each employ one full-time employee to convene and manage regional, cross-industry networks that will lead to the expansion of career connected learning opportunities. This is all subject to appropriation. This policy comes at the request of Governor Inslee. If passed the policy: Creates a multi-agency work group to coordinate career connected learning (CCL) opportunities, collect data, provide recommendations, and perform other duties; Creates a competitive grant program to support regional networks and program intermediaries in expanding CCL opportunities; Requires school districts to be funded up to 1.2 full-time equivalents for students in certain CCL programs; Requires the institutions of higher education to have CCL coordinators to engage faculty and institutional leadership in expanding the number of certain CCL programs.

Computer Science

SB 5088 Passed the Senate and is now eligible for House Education Committee hearing. Authorizes school districts, beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, to award academic credit to students for computer science based on student completion of a competency examination. Requires a school district that operates a high school to, beginning no later than the 2022-2023 school year, provide an opportunity to access an elective computer science course that is available to all students.  Passed Ways and Means and is in the Rules Committee.

Bills Passing the House/Senate

The following bills have passed and are moving forward:

School Safety

  • HB 1216 | Non firearm measures to increase school safety and student well being
  • SB 5027 | Extreme risk protection orders
  • SB 5141 | School resource officers
  • SB 5514 | First responder agency notifications to schools regarding potential threats
  • SB 5689 | Concerning harassment, intimidation, bullying, and discrimination in public schools

Graduation Requirements

  • HB 1089 | Concerning certificates of academic and individual achievement
  • HB 1599 | Promoting career and college readiness through modified graduation requirements

Special Education

  • SB 5532 | Concerning special education
  • SB 5091 | Concerning state and federal special education funding

Educator Workforce

  • HB 1139 | Expanding the current and future educator workforce supply
  • HB 1621 | Concerning basic skills assessments for approved teacher preparation programs
  • HB 1658 | Concerning paraeducators
  • SB 5315 | Increasing student support staff in the prototypical school funding model
  • HB 1264 | Concerning secondary traumatic stress in public school staff
  • SB 5393 | Establishing a statewide free college program by changing the state need grant to the Washington college promise scholarship

Funding/Budget

  • SB 5313 | Levy flexibility
  • HB 2140 | K–12 education funding
  • HB 2108 | Concerning state funding for K–3 class sizes in schools

Other

  • HB 1674 | Changing the term alternative learning experience to personalized learning experience
  • HB 1304 | Concerning career and technical education in alternative learning experience programs
  • HB 1424 | Concerning access to state career and technical course equivalencies
  • HB 5327 | Career Connect WA
  • SB 5354 | Highly Capable
  • HB 1577 | Computer science education
  • SB 5511 | Broadband service
  • SB 5082 | social emotional learning
  • SB 5023 | Ethnic studies
  • SB 5612 | Holocaust curriculum
  • HB 1130 | Addressing language access in public schools. comprehensive sexual health education
  • SB 5389 | Telehealth training and treatment for youth
  • SB 5028 | Making September the month of the kindergartner
  • HB 1803 | Increasing the number of school districts that may be authorized to reduce the minimum number of required school days in a school year
  • SB 5367 | Creating the purple star award for military friendly schools
  • SB 5603 | Concerning enrollment and course registration access for children of military families
  • HB 1074 | Protecting youth from tobacco products and vapor products by increasing the minimum legal age of sale of tobacco and vapor products
  • SB 5853 | Regarding the school construction assistance program