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The League believes the state has the responsibility to provide ample and equal opportunity for education and for those social services needed to ensure that every child is ready to learn and safe in the educational environment, that all programs mandated by the legislature should be fully funded by the state, and that citizen participation should be encouraged at all levels.


Issue Team Chair: Catherine Ahl, cahl@lwvwa.org, (360) 697-7924
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Interested in getting involved with this topic? Contact Catherine Ahl


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Overview of the 2024 Legislative Session

During the 2024 session we will continue to advocate for increased funding for Special Education and physical, social, and emotional support staff. We are hopeful that a bill supporting the educational needs of incarcerated foster youth will be introduced.


Updates
If there is a major update on a bill, action chairs may want to write up a report detailing changes or summarizing debate in committee.


2024 Education Legislation

Priority Bills

Bills in green are supported. Bills in red are opposed by the League. Bills in black the League is watching.

HB 1956/SB 5923 Addressing Fentanyl and Other Substance Use Prevention Education. Fentanyl and other opioid prevention education delivered through health classes or other discretionary programs must be provided to as many seventh and ninth grade students as possible during the remainder of the2024-25 school year, and annually to seventh and ninth grade students thereafter.

HB 2180/SB 6014 Increasing the Special Education Enrollment Funding Cap. This would increase funding from 15% to 17.25%

SB 5953 Concerning Financial Aid Grants for Incarcerated Students. This provides education resources for incarcerated students.

SB 5882/HB 1960 Increasing prototypical school staffing to better meet student needs. This would phase in additional staff allocations for paraeducators, office support staff, and non-instructional aides in the prototypical school funding model.

SB 5873 Providing Adequate and Predictable Student Transportation. This bill would authorize another year  studying/gathering data on this issue, but would not provide adequate funding currently.

SHB 2494 Increasing state funding for operating costs in schools. The MSOC (materials, supplies and operating per pupil amounts defined in the prototypical formulas would be updated  and include a $23 per pupil increase, from $1,519.04 to $1,542.04 per pupil.

 SB 5873 Providing Adequate and predictable Student Transportation. This bill would authorize another year studying/gathering data on this issue, but would not provide adequate funding currently.

ESSB 6031 Modifying the student transportation allocation to accommodate multiple vehicle types for transporting students.  

HB 1897/SB 5809 Concerning Enrichment Funding for Charter Public Schools. Voters, who are represented by elected school boards, vote to approve enrichment levies. There is no process or ability for charter school parents to do this.

Other Bills
Bills in green are supported. Bills in red are opposed by the League. Bills in black the League is watching.

SB 5964/HB 2058 Increasing Student Access to Free Meals Served at Public Schools. These bills would provide breakfast and lunch without charge to any requesting students  


How To Be Involved

  • If you are interested in a particular bill, use the links above to go to the webpage for that bill. These pages include staff summaries and reports including who testified PRO versus CON on the bill. There is also information about how to access videos of hearings that have been held.
  • Read and take action through the LWVWA Legislative Action Newsletter, distributed each Sunday during the legislative session.
  • You may also express your opinion on legislation with the LWVWA issue chairs. We will take your perspectives under consideration as we determine our support for legislation and prepare testimony. Please direct questions or comments to Catherine Ahl (360-697-7924), Education Issue Chair.

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