Washington State Association
of School Psychologists    


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

2019 Spring Lecture Series

The 2019 Spring Lecture Series is now open for registration! Click here to find more information and register!

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.

Call for Action to Prevent Gun Violence in the United States of America

WSASP is proud to endorse the the “Call for Action to Prevent Gun Violence in the United States of America” authored by the Interdisciplinary Group on Preventing School and Community Violence. For more information and to endorse this individually, please go to the following link.

Advocacy Action Center

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URGENT ADVOCACY ACTION REQUEST

One of our Priority bills is at risk of dying in a house policy committee after passing through the senate.  Please take a moment to send this email to the members of the committee members showing your support for this bill.


Send to:

sharontomiko.santos@leg.wa.gov

laurie.dolan@leg.wa.gov,

dave.paul@leg.wa.gov

mike.steele@leg.wa.gov

bob.mccaslin@leg.wa.gov

mike.volz@leg.wa.gov,

 steve.bergquist@leg.wa.gov,

michelle.caldier@leg.wa.gov,

 lisa.callan@leg.wa.gov,

chris.corry@leg.wa.gov,

 paul.harris@leg.wa.gov

christine.kilduff@leg.wa.gov,

 vicki.kraft@leg.wa.gov

lillian.ortiz-self@leg.wa.gov,

 skyler.rude@leg.wa.gov,

 monica.stonier@leg.wa.gov

my-linh.thai@leg.wa.gov,

javier.valdez@leg.wa.gov

alex.ybarra@leg.wa.gov

Title of email - Support 2SSB 5082

I am a school psychologist.  I am writing to ask you to support on 2SSB 5082.  This bill will require the adoption of the standards and benchmarks on social emotional learning developed by the SEL Benchmark Workgroup at OSPI.  By adopting the Social Emotional Learning standards and benchmarks, we are providing schools and teachers with the necessary information to begin the powerful work of prevention.  The best way we can address the mental health crisis is through prevention.

An estimated 220,000 students in our state meet the criteria for a mental health disorder, with only about one-third of these students receiving treatment.  Most of the treatment occurs in our school system. We know that schools are often the only place where we can be assured that services are provided. We also know that no amount of community based mental health workers are going to be able to address all 220,000 of those students. We also know, as do citizens all over the country, that social emotional learning and mental health is a safety issue, and not just important to our students being career and college ready.  School shootings have touched our state with tragic consequences. Suicide rates have tripled in recent years, with suicide as one of the leading causes of death for both adolescents and young adults nationally. As of June 2018, the rate of death by suicide in Washington State was 14.8 of every 100,000 individuals, compared to the national average of 13.4.

We need intervention for those in need right now. We also have to go upstream and work on preventing future generations from having the same challenges.  Passing 2SSB5082 to approve adopting the Social Emotional Learning standards and benchmarks is the next smart step in that direction. I ask that you please support 2SSB 5082.

Thank you.


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 as appropriate for each bill of interest to WSASP.  When these letters are made available, you can use them 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.  

Legislative Session 2019

The GPR committee has identified the legislative priorities for WSASP in the 2019 session.  There are hundreds of bills filed so far this session.  To identify bills of interest we have 2 primary avenues.  First, NASP uses an algorithm to search for bills with key words such as psychologist or social emotional learning.  Second, the WEA Lobbyist who supports the GPR Committee brings bills to our attention that cross her desk.  GPR then reviews all bills and determines priority based on many factors including the WSASP mission and vision, the GPR Committee's goals, support for the bill in Olympia, and available resources. This list of priorities is subject to change as new bills can be filed every day.  Please look regularly for the most up to date information.  If you have any questions about how or why a bill was prioritized, please contact us at gpr@wsasp.org.

HIGH PRIORITY:  These bills are tracked by the committee.  The WEA Lobbyist will sign in on our behalf at public hearings when we cannot attend ourselves.  In addition, the committee will provide written testimony and input throughout the legislative process. This might include a call to action for all WSASP members.  Finally, committee members are committed to providing testimony on these bills.

MEDIUM PRIORITY: These bills are tracked by the committee.  The WEA Lobbyist will sign in on our behalf at public hearings when we cannot attend ourselves.  In addition, the committee will provide written testimony and input throughout the legislative process. This might include a call to action for all WSASP members.  Finally, committee members will provide testimony in person if possible.

LOW PRIORITY: These bills are tracked by the committee.  The WEA Lobbyist will sign in on our behalf at public hearings when we cannot attend ourselves.  Should the need arise, the committee is prepared to dedicate more resources to these bills which could include written testimony, a call to action for WSASP members, or providing testimony.

Bill Priority List – Updated 3/18/2019 – Brief

NOTE: Several of our priority bills are in a position now where a vote may take place at any time.  Please check frequently for Advocacy Action Requests.

For detailed information about each bill click here. 

HIGH PRIORITY

Social Emotional Learning

SB5082SCreating a committee to promote and expand social emotional learning.

WSASP – PRO    WEA – PRO        

Current Status: 

March 6 - Passed the Senate!  30 Yeas, 18 Nays, 0 absent, 1 excused

March 21 – Scheduled for Executive Session in the House Education Committee

SB 5689Concerning harassment, intimidation, bullying, and discrimination in public schools.

WSASP – PRO    WEA – PRO        

Current Status: 

Feb 27 -Passed the SENATE- Third reading, passed; yeas, 29; nays, 20; absent, 0; excused, 0.

March 21 – Scheduled for Executive Session in the House Education Committee WSASP ACTION TAKEN:

GPR Committee member Dr. Jill Davidson provided testimony in the Public Hearing with the Ways and Means Committee.  You can view this testimony here, our testimony starts at 1:25.  Dr. Davidson's testimony was referred to in this article in the Spokesman-Review.

Dr. Jill Davidson testified again, this time before the House Education Committee. You can view this testimony here, our testimony starts at 1:28.

MEDIUM PRIORITY

Delinking test scores from graduation

HB 1089Concerning certificates of academic and individual achievement.

WSASP – PRO    WEA – PRO        

Current Status: 

March 4 - Passed the House 84 Yeas, 13 nays, 0 absent, 1 excused

March 6 – Introduced into the Senate Education Committee

HB 1599Promoting career and college readiness through modified graduation requirements.

WSASP - PRO   WEA - PRO

Current Status:

March 8 - Passed House 91 yeas, 4 nays, 0 absent, 3 excused

March 20 – Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Education Committee at 1:30 pm

School Safety Issues

HB 1264Concerning secondary traumatic stress in public school staff.

WSASP – PRO    WEA – PRO         

Current Status:

March 4 - Passed the House 96 yeas, 0 nays, 0 absent, 2 excused

March 15 - Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Education Committee

HB 1216Concerning non-firearm measures to increase school safety and student well-being.

WSASP – PRO    WEA – PRO        

Current Status: 

March 7 - Passed the House 83 yeas, 14 nays, 0 absent, 1 excused

March 18 – Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Education Committee at 1:30

WSASP ACTION TAKEN:

Written testimony sent to the Senate Education Committee prior to the hearing on 3/18.

Advocacy Action Request to membership on 3/6

Recruitment and Retention Issues

HB 1139Expanding the current and future educator workforce supply.

WSASP – PRO    WEA – PRO        

Current Status:

March 8 - Passed the House, 93 yeas, 2 nays, 0 absent, 3 excused

March 18 – Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Education Committee at 1:30

WSASP ACTION TAKEN:

Written testimony sent to the Senate Education Committee prior to the hearing on 3/18.

Professional Practices

SB 5532Concerning special education.

WSASP – PRO    WEA – Other      

Current Status: 

March 9 - Passed the Senate - 46 yeas, 0 nays, 0- absent, 3 excused

March 19 – Scheduled for public hearing in the House Education Committee at 3:30 pm

WSASP ACTION TAKEN:

Advocacy Action Request to membership started 3/6.


No further action this session (dead in policy committee)

Did not make it out of policy committee, so likely will not have any further action this session.  Likely to be on the agenda again next session.

High Priority

SB 5315Increasing student support staff in the prototypical school funding model.

WSASP – Pro   WEA – Pro

WSASP ACTION TAKEN:

Advocacy Action Request to membership started 3/6, still active!

Written testimony provided to the Senate Education Committee for the 1/30/2019 Public Hearing.  See this testimonyhere

Carrie Suchy, NCSP, gave testimony in the public hearing (clickhereto view, our testimony starts around 1:58) in addition to submitting written testimony(availablehere).

SB 5821/HB 2012 Providing equitable bonuses to K-12 instructional staff who attain national certification through professional organizations.

WSASP – PRO    WEA – PRO        

Medium Priority

SB 5317 Concerning non-firearm measures to increase school safety and student well-being.

WSASP – PRO    WEA – PRO        

WSASP ACTION TAKEN:

Advocacy Action Request to membership on 3/6 for both bills, request is still active for 5317!

Written testimony provided to the Senate Education Committee for the 1/30/2019 Public Hearing.  See this testimonyhere

SB 5216 Developing multistage threat assessments to increase safety in K-12 schools and institutions of higher education.

WSASP – PRO    WEA – PRO        

WSASP ACTION TAKEN:

Written testimony provided to the Senate Education Committee for the 1/30/2019 Public Hearing.  See this testimony here

LOW PRIORITY

Gun Issues

HB 1763 Preparing for and responding to active shooter events and other acts of mass violence at schools.

WSASP – CON    WEA – CON        

HB 1038 Allowing public school districts and private schools to adopt a policy authorizing permanent employees to possess firearms on school grounds under certain conditions.

WSASP – CON    WEA – CON        

Social Emotional Learning and Mental Health

SB 5685 Requiring a primary contact in schools to recognize, screen, and respond to emotional or behavioral distress in students.

WSASP – CON    WEA – CON       

HB 1221 Improving crisis planning in schools to prevent youth suicide.

WSASP – PRO    WEA –   PRO      

SB 5014 Reducing state assessment requirements to only those required for federal purposes in order to facilitate removal of inequitable barriers to students.

WSASP – PRO    WEA – PRO         

 

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.

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