Washington State Association
of School Psychologists    


Uniting school psychologists to support all students through advocacy, leadership, and professional development. 

2018 Spring Lecture Series

Registration for the 2018 Spring Lecture Series is now open! Register here - the first session begins January 19th!

Archived Spring Lecture Series

You can now access previously aired Spring Lecture Series, dating back to 2014, for a discounted price! Please go here for more information.

Advocacy Action Center

The 2018 Week of Action is coming!  
Click here for all the details!


TAKE ACTION NOW!

Who:  WSASP's Government and Public Relations (GPR) committee has been hard at work in Olympia, and now we need your vital contribution and active support!

What:  Advocate for your self, your field, and kids!  Contact your representatives TODAY about the below-mentioned important issues! Your representatives value your opinion as a constituent, and the more of us they hear from, the louder our collective voice!  Below are 8 bills we are tracking now.  A brief summary is provided and each bill is linked, allowing you to review the contents of the actual bill.

When: The legislature is in session, but this will end in early March.  As bills cycle through the process and move to a vote from the entire legislative body, we will alert you to action through our member email system. When the time is right for each bill, the Form Letter Link will be activated, and you will get an email reminder to take action! 

Where:  Thanks to NASP, you will only have to send the message once to get to all three representatives based on your home address, and we will be able to pull data about how many of us are taking action!

Why:  With more letters of support and phone calls from all stakeholders and professionals in school psychology and allied fields, the legislators in the House and Senate will be informed and can realize the wide range of importance these issues represent.  If we are not at the table, we are on the menu!

How:  You can contact your legislators today.  You can submit public comment via the legislative website (see directions below, via NASP, directly with an email address, or via Our Voice, through WEA (Click here for a step by step tutorial on how to use Our Voice to email your representatives).  The GPR Committee will provide form letters (see below) as appropriate for each bill of interest to WSASP.  You can use these form letter exactly, add personal stories or comments, or write an original letter to submit to your legislators.  Once your letter is ready, using NASP's Advocacy Action Center, you can send it to all your state representatives with one click.  We ask that you send one letter for each bill, as this is how representatives prefer communication, and it keeps our message clear.  

2018 Legislative Information

2018 Legislative Information Updated on 1/20/2018

Below is information about bills currently being tracked or monitored by the WSASP GPR Committee.

High Priority Bills

HB 1377 – Student Mental Health: Improving students' mental health by enhancing nonacademic professional services.

This bill includes language from HB 1900 which we worked hard on in 2015 and 2016, and worked on again under the number 1377 in the 2017 session.  This bill defines the roles of the school psychologist, school social worker, and school counselor.  The new iteration also includes funding for time to collaborate between these groups at the building or district level.

Bill Progress: This bill started again in the house education committee, and now has passed through to the House Appropriations committee.  There is no hearing yet scheduled.

SB 6162 - Defining dyslexia as a specific learning disability and requiring early screening for dyslexia. (Companion bill with HB 2496)

Bill ProgressPublic Hearing on 1/16 in which GPR was present and provided testimony against in it's current form.  Many organizations were present testifying in favor, with change requests.  All change requests were consistent with our same criticisms, primarily to the requirement that students who screen at risk be evaluated for special education.  GPR has reached out to the primary sponsor with further detail and recommendations to improve this bill.  Executive session scheduled for 1/23 at 1:30 pm

HB 2496Defining dyslexia as a specific learning disability and requiring early screening for dyslexia. (Companion bill with SB 6162)

Bill Progress: Introduced into committee, no hearings yet scheduled.

SSB 5766 -  Preventing harassment, intimidation, and bullying in public schools.

Bill Progress: Passed Senate Body Vote on 1/19/18; Now moving to the House

HB 2496 - Strengthening school district plans for recognition, screening, and response to emotional or behavioral distress in students. (Companion bill with SB 6141)

Bill Progress:Public Hearing on 1/16; not yet scheduled for anything more

SB 6141 - Strengthening school district plans for recognition, screening, and response to emotional or behavioral distress in students. (Companion bill with HB 2496)

Bill Progress: Hearing on 1/16; Executive session scheduled for 1/23 at 1:30 pm

HB 1621 - Providing funding allocations to promote children's health and social-emotional learning.

Bill Progress:  This bill has had no new movement since 2017, other than being retained in current status, sitting in the House Appropriations Committee.

SSB 5155 - This law would prohibit the suspension or expulsion of any student in Kindergarten through second grade unless they bring a weapon to school

Bill Progress: Placed on second reading in Senate Rules Committee 1/18/18

Medium Priority

SB 5283 – Educational Staff Associates/Services Years: Concerning the calculation of years of service for educational staff associate positions for salary allocation purposes.

Bill Progress: This bill has had no new movement since 2017, other than being retained in current status sitting in the Senate Ways and Means Committee.

HB 1643 – Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program: Creating a loan forgiveness program for teachers in high-need schools.

Bill Progress: This bill has had no new movement since 2017, other than being retained in current status, sitting in the House Appropriations Committee.

HB 1827 – Educator Workforce Supply: Relating to expanding the current and future educator workforce supply through evidence-based strategies.

This bill is meant to improve and incentivize the recruitment and retention of highly effective educators, especially in high-need subject, grade-level, and geographic areas. It is meant to establish a cohesive continuum of high quality professional learning from preparation programs to job embedded induction, mentoring, collaboration, and other professional development opportunities.

Bill Progress: This bill was introduced through the house education committee, and has been referred to the House Appropriations Committee as of 1/16/2018.

HB 2684Defining the process for best interest determinations of students in out-of-home care.

Bill ProgressPublic hearing scheduled for House Ed Committee 1/23 1:30 pm

Low Priority

SB 5639 – Alternative Student Assessments: Allows a student to use an alternative assessment without taking the statewide student assessment at least once if the student: (1) Is enrolled in a school district with which a technical college has a signed interlocal agreement on file with the superintendent of public instruction; (2) Was under twenty-one years of age at the beginning of the school year; (3) Is enrolled tuition-free; (4) Is enrolled in the school district for the purpose of earning a high school diploma or certificate; and (5) Has participated in instructional activity at the technical college during the current school year.

Bill Progress: This bill was passed through the Senate on March 2, 2017 with 48 yeas, 1 nay, and 0 excused.  This bill will now go to the House, where it will start with the Education Committee.

SB 5348 – Special Ed/Certificate of Individual Achievement: Concerning students who receive special education services who earn certificates of individual achievement. This bill would require that they get a regular diploma and still be eligible for transition 18-21 services.

Bill Progress: This bill has had no new movement since 2017, other than being retained in current status sitting in the Senate Ways and Means Committee.

ESHB 1046 - Concerning certificates of academic and individual achievement.

Bill Progress: Placed on third reading by senate Rules Committee 1/16/18

SB 6144 - Reducing state assessment requirements to only those required for federal purposes in order to facilitate removal of inequitable barriers to students.

Bill Progress: Scheduled for Executive Session on 1/23 at 1:30 pm


Curious about bills from the 2017 session? Click here to go to that page.

Tips and Tricks

Click here for a description of how a bill becomes a law (it is not so direct of a process as we were taught in middle school...)

See the State Advocacy page for instructions on how to submit a public comment on these bills or any others of interest.

Click here for more resources on Advocacy.

Did you contact your representative(s)?  Let us know!  

We want to know how BIG our impact is! 

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