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.

Secondary Summer Summit

This year's Secondary Summer Summit is August 16th at the Hotel Bellwether in Bellingham, WA. Stay tuned for speaker lineup and registration!

Advocacy Action Center

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 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

5 bills we have been advocating for passed both the house and senate!  Now the bills will go back to the house of origin for a concurrence vote on any amendments, and then to the Governor to sign!

For detailed information about each bill click here. 

HIGH PRIORITY

Social Emotional Learning

SB5082 Creating 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

April 10 - Passed the House! Yeas, 71; nays, 24; absent, 0; excused, 3.

April 23 - Back to the house, receded from amendments,  passed; yeas, 71; nays, 23; absent, 0; excused, 4

Now the bill moves on to the Governor to sign!

WSASP ACTION TAKEN:

Advocacy Action Request sent to membership just prior to the vote on 4/10.

WSASP put out an advocacy action request for members to email the House Education Committee to please support this bill.  The bill was initially scheduled for an executive session on 3/21, but this was rescheduled to 3/28.  

Additionally, the WSASP President signed a letter of support which was sent to the committee.

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

WSASP – PRO    WEA – PRO        

Current Status: 

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

April 9 - Passed the HOUSE - passed; yeas, 60; nays, 36; absent, 0; excused, 2.

April 18 - Passed final passage; yeas, 30; nays, 19; absent, 0; excused, 0

April 23- President signed

Now the bill will go  on to the Governor to sign!

WSASP ACTION TAKEN:

Advocacy action request went out on 4/9 shortly prior to the vote.

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 1599 Promoting 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

April 15 - Passed Senate passed; yeas, 48; nays, 0; absent, 0; excused, 1

April 22 - Passed final passage; yeas, 96; nays, 0; absent, 0; excused, 2.

Now the bill will go on to the Governor to sign!

WSASP ACTION TAKEN:

Advocacy Action Request sent to membership just prior to the vote on 4/10.

School Safety Issues

HB 1216 Concerning 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

April 12 - Passed the Senate  passed; yeas, 47; nays, 0; absent, 0; excused, 2

April 23 - Passed final passage; yeas, 81; nays, 15; absent, 0; excused, 2

Now the bill will go on to the Governor to sign!

WSASP ACTION TAKEN:

Advocacy Action Request went out to membership on 4/10.

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 1139 Expanding 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

April 15 - Passed Senate  passed; yeas, 26; nays, 22; absent, 0; excused, 1

Now the bill will go back to the senate for concurrence, and then on to the Governor to sign!

WSASP ACTION TAKEN:

Advocacy Action Request sent to membership just prior to the vote on 4/10.

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



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

HB 1264 Concerning 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

April 9 - Passed Senate fiscal committee

HB 1089 Concerning 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

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

SB 5532 Concerning special education.

WSASP – PRO    WEA – Other      

Current Status: 

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

April 1 - Referred to Appropriations

WSASP ACTION TAKEN:

Advocacy Action Request to membership started 3/6.

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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