2017 Legislative Update
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. 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 was voted on by the House on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, and passed with 57 Yeas, 40 nays, and 1 excused. This bill moved from the Senate committee on education with a do pass recommendation to the Ways and Means Committee, who had a public hearing on the bill on 3/30/2017.
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 was passed through the Senate Education committee on February 6, 2017 by executive action and moved to the Ways and Means Committee where it still sits.
HB 1643 – Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program: Creating a loan forgiveness program for teachers in high-need schools.
Bill Progress: This bill is likely dead in committee, but language from it might end up as an amendment to HB 1827 , or be brought back next year.
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 passed through the House Education committee on February 16, 2017 by executive action and moved to the Rules Committee , where it still sits.
SB 5258 – Washington AIM Program: Creates the Washington academic, innovation, and mentoring program to enable eligible neighborhood youth development entities to provide out-of-school time programs for youth six to eighteen years of age.
Bill Progress: This bill was passed through the Senate on March 3, 2017 with 46 yeas, 1 nay, and 2 excused. This bill since gone through the House Education Committee, and was referred to Appropriations, where it now sits.
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 was passed through the Senate Education committee on February 14, 2017 by executive action and moved to the Ways and Means Committee, where it still sits.
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.
HB 1511 – Learning Assistance Program: Concerning the learning assistance program (LAP is state version of Title) increased funding.
Bill Progress: This bill was passed through the House Education committee on February 16, 2017 by executive action and moved to the Appropriations Committee , where it still sits.