Ensure the state continues fully funding education. Support student health and safety legislation.
Issue Team Chair: Catherine Ahl – cathahl [at] hotmail.com – (360) 697-7924
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2019 Legislative Session Expectations
During the 2019 legislative session we will be watching for corrections or additions to the recent funding plan addressing these issues:
- special education funding
- additional support staff (school nurses, counselors, family and community engagement coordinators)
- mental health and school safety support
- inequities such as regionalization pay and local levy caps
- additional professional learning days
Bills the League Supports
- SB 5315 Will increase the number of nurses, social workers, psychologists, counselors and other student support staff who support the mental, behavioral and physical health and safety of students.
Bills the League is Watching
- HB 1076 / SB 5067 Creates a grant program to local partnerships of schools, families, and communities to begin the phase in of a statewide comprehensive dropout prevention, intervention, and retrieval system. This program shall be known as the "building bridges program." The bill also updates RCW 28A.230.094, High School Civics Course.
- SB 5069 Increases access to state career and technical course equivalencies.
- SB 5091 Increases special education safety net funding and professional learning days.
HB 1216 / SB 5317 Concerning non-firearm measures to increase school safety and student well-being - involves several committees to decide how to do this. Several other bills address school safety, and we will be looking at these and commenting on them in the future.
SB 5188 Concerns grants to expand learning opportunities such as summer school, extended school year, and year-round school.
SB 5316 The maximum dollar amount which may be levied by any school district for enrichment levies will be equal to either $1.50 per thousand dollars of the assessed value of district property or $2500 per student.
SB 5066 / SJR 8201 and SB 5252 Simple majority or 55% vote on school bonds. The League had a strong position on simple majority for school levies and helped to get it passed, but has no position on school bonds.