The following is a list of bills delivered to the Governor:

  • ESHB 1115 Concerning Paraeducators -Creates the Paraeducator Board with listed members and dutis. Requires paraeducators to meet certain minimum employment standards by September 1, 2018. Creates a general paraeducator certificate; however, provides that paraeducators are not required to meet these requirements unless funding is provided for the requisite courses. Creates optional paraeducator subject matter certificates in special education and English language learner, and an optional advanced paraeducator certificate. Requires teacher and administrator preparation and professional learning programs that include content on working with paraeducators. Expands scholarship eligibility for paraeducators to become teachers. Specifies that the following are subject to funding by the Legislature: requires courses on the state paraeducator standards of practice and those necessary to meet general certification requirements to be provided to paraeducators by certain deadlines; creates grants to districts to pilot the state paraeducator standards of practice, and the paraeducator certificates and courses; requires training of current teachers and principals on how to work with paraeducators; requires a study on the effectiveness of paraeducators; and directs the incorporation of the paraeducator standards of practice into Community and Technical College programs.
  • SHB 1445 Concerning Dual Language in Early Learning and K-12 Education – Directs the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to develop and administer the K-12 dual language (DL) grant program to grow capacity for DL programs in the common schools and in state? tribal compact schools. Specifies that the OSPI must facilitate DL learning cohorts for, and provide technical assistance and support to, school districts and state-tribal compact schools establishing or expanding DL programs. Directs the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) to administer and oversee the bilingual educator initiative to recruit, mentor, prepare, and financially support bilingual high school students to become future bilingual teachers and counselors. Requires the OSPI and the PESB to submit, by December 1, 2019, a combined report to the Legislature that details the successes, best practices, lessons learned, and outcomes of the grant programs. Requires the Department of Early Learning to work with community partners to support outreach and education for parents and families around the benefits of native language development and retention, as well as the benefits of DL learning, create culturally responsive resources on DL learning, and support DL learning communities for teachers and coaches.
  • EHB 1654 Changing Explicit Alternative Routes to Teacher Certification Program Requirements to Expectations for Program Outcomes – Repeals the statute describing each of the alternative route programs in detail, and instead provides the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) with rulemaking authority with respect to the design of the alternative route programs, and specifies expected outcomes for the program. Requires a report from the PESB with respect to the alternative route programs beginning December 1, 2017, and every two years thereafter, and specifies the data that the report must include.
  • HB 1732 Concerning the Confidentiality of Educator Professional Growth Plans – Provides that the Professional Growth Plans in educator license renewals submitted through the electronic certification system in the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction are exempt from public inspection and copying.
  • HB 1734 Authorizing Reimbursement for Substitute Teachers Participating in Activities of the Washington State Professional Educator Standards Board to Carry out its Powers and Duties – Requires payments to school districts for substitutes needed because the Professional Educator Standard Board requested certificated or classified school district employees to serve on committees that further education in the state.
  • SB 5129 Concerning Charter School Students Participating in Interschool Athletics and Extracurricular Activities – Removes the statutory provision requiring the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) rules to limit charter school students participation in interschool athletic activities or other interschool extracurricular activities to those activities offered by the student’s resident school district, unless approved by a nonresident school district or the WIAA.
  • SSB 5142 Concerning Educational Interpreters – Allows educational interpreters who have not achieved the performance standard required by the Professional Educator Standards Board to provide or continue providing interpreter services to students for delineated periods of time if specific requirements are met. Modifies provisions governing the inapplicability of interpreter performance standards to other sign systems or languages. Requires the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, by December 1, 2017, to submit a report to the education committees of the Legislature regarding costs, associated timelines, and the feasibility of conducting or contracting for a peer review of the Educational Signed Skills Evaluation. Includes an emergency clause making all provisions effective immediately.
  • SSB 5241 Concerning the Educational Success of Youth who are Homeless or in Foster Care – Modifies provisions governing school district requirements for the on-time progression and graduation of qualifying dependent students, including requiring districts to consolidate partial credit and to grant partial credits in certain circumstances. Extends the provisions governing school district requirements for the on-time progression and graduation of qualifying students to homeless students. Defines “homeless students” using a statutory cross reference. Directs the Superintendent of Public Instruction to adopt and distribute rules related to the modified school district requirements.
  • 2SSB 5258 Creating the Washington Academic, Innovation, and Mentoring (AIM) Program – Establishes the Academic, Innovation, and Mentoring (AIM) program in statute to enable eligible neighborhood youth development entities to provide out-of-school time programs for youth ages 6 to 18 that include educational services, social emotional learning, mentoring, and linkages to positive, prosocial leisure, and recreational activities. Requires that the entities providing the AIM program meet certain requirements. Directs the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to report to the Legislature on the programs established, target populations, and pre-testing and post-testing results.
  • SSB 5404 Permitting the Possession and Application of Topical Sunscreen Products at Schools – Excepts sunscreen regulated for over-the- counter use from the education law regulating administration of medication in public and private schools. Allows anyone to possess sunscreen while on school property, at a school-related event or activity, or at summer camp. Specifies that a prescription or note of a licensed health care professional is not required if the product is regulated for over-the-counter use. Requires that a parent or guardian supply sunscreen for student use, and specifies that school personnel are not required to assist students in applying sunscreen.
  • ESSB 5449 Concerning Digital Citizenship, Media Literacy, and Internet Safety in Schools – Requires the development of a model policy and procedures on electronic resources and Internet safety to better support digital citizenship, media literacy, and Internet safety in schools. Requires a survey of teacher-librarians, principals, and technology directors to understand how they are currently integrating digital citizenship and media literacy education in their curriculum. Requires the creation of a web-based location with links to recommended successful practices and resources to support digital citizenship, media literacy, and Internet safety.
  • SB 5488 Changing the Annual Reporting Date for the Transitional Bilingual Instruction Program – Changes the date by which the Superintendent of Public Instruction must submit an annual report to the Legislature on the Transitional Bilingual Instruction Program from January 1 to February 1.
  • SB 5662 Authorizing the Superintendent of Public Instruction to Designate a Member of the Professional Educator Standards Board – Authorizes a designee of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI) to serve in place of the SPI on the Professional Educator Standards Board.