Legislative Priorities

2022 AESD Legislative Agenda

Washington’s nine Educational Service Districts, unified through the Association of Educational Service Districts (AESD), provide a nimble and aligned delivery system for essential student and educator services focused on learning, student support, and district operations.

CONSISTENT AND EQUITABLE RESOURCES FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS

Several components of K–12’s funding structure are underfunded or inequitable between districts.

PROPOSED SOLUTION:

Update funding for the prototypical school model, pupil transportation (STARS), special education, and regionalization factors.

FUNDING FOR ESD SUPPORT SERVICES FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS

The Legislature directs educational service districts (ESDs) to provide mission-critical supports and services throughout the state. These vital services are only partially funded.

PROPOSED SOLUTION:

Adjust funding formulas for state-funded ESD programs and services to ensure they can provide timely, high-quality support to school districts.

EQUITABLE ACCESS TO PUBLIC HEALTHCARE FOR ESD EMPLOYEES

In 2017, the Legislature created the School Employees Benefits Board (SEBB) Program to provide healthcare benefits for school district and ESD employees. In 2019, the Legislature delayed the requirement for ESDs to transition employees to SEBB until January 2024. They also directed the HCA to complete a comprehensive study on ESD healthcare benefits. The HCA found that the organizational and funding structures of ESDs more closely resemble the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and other state agencies than the school districts they serve.

PROPOSED SOLUTION:

  1. Allow ESDs to offer employees healthcare benefits through the Public Employee Benefits Board (PEBB) Program. By January 2022, eight of the nine ESDs will have already transitioned to PEBB. The ninth ESD is transitioning to PEBB, with full implementation planned for January 2024.
  2. Please fund these benefits. ESD salaries are generally funded entirely differently from school district salaries.

The AESD is also proud to be a member of the School Funding Coalition, a partnership among several statewide associations supporting K-12 education. Here is a link to their 2022 Legislative Priorities.

Additional Session Resources

Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP)

Legislative Update

Department of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF)

Legislative & Federal Relations

League of Education Voters (LEV)

Legislative Bill Tracker
Resources

Office of the Governor

Budget Proposal Highlights

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)

Legislative Budget Requests

Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA)

This Week in Olympia (TWIO) Updates

Washington Education Association (WEA)

Legislative Priorities

Washington State Legislature

Scheduled hearings and floor sessions

Washington State PTA (WSPTA)

Advocacy

Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA)

InSession Updates

Legislative Contact

Melissa Gombosky
AESD Legislative Liaison
melissagombosky@gmail.com