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January 31, 2023

Advocacy in Action! January 30, 2023

Parent advocate Tanya Aggar shared testimony with the House Education Committee January 30th on HB 1479, an OSPI-request bill that would make changes to the isolation and restraint statute, including prohibiting the use of isolation rooms. Tanya shared that WSPTA supported the intent of the bill, but had some concerns about language in the bill…
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January 30, 2023

Senate Committee Approves Increased Special Education, Transportation Funding in Week 3

Prepared by Marie Sullivan, legconsultant@wastatepta.org   January 28, 2023 The Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee unanimously passed a substitute to SB 5311 that would lift the cap on total student population for special education services to 15%. The approved substitute bill also would increase the multipliers for K-12 students and for PreK children as…
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January 26, 2023

Advocacy in Action! January 26, 2023

WSPTA member Dr. Gwen Loosmore encouraged House Education Committee members to pass HB 1230, a bill that would direct the state Department of Health to develop information about safe storage of medications and firearms to reduce youth suicide. As described by bill sponsor Rep. Lisa Callan, D-Issaquah, the department’s information could be accessed electronically and…
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January 26, 2023

2023 Bill Status Reports

Each week, Marie Sullivan our Legislative Consultant puts together a list of bills and upcoming events that are associated with our legislative priorities.  Reports are up-to-date as of the Sunday before the Legislative week begins. Week 4 – January 30 to February 3 (as of 1/30/23)   Past Issues  Week 3 – January 23 to…
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January 24, 2023

Advocacy in Action! January 23, 2023

Advocacy Committee member Natalya Yudkovsky raised four issues with a proposed substitute to SB 5243, high school and beyond plans, when she testified before the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee on January 23rd. While there is a lot to like in the bill, the new requirement for an electronic platform raises student data…
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January 23, 2023

Committees Dig Into Policy Work in Week 2

Prepared by Marie Sullivan, legconsultant@wastatepta.org   As we enter the third week of session, committee chairs and committees are getting into the groove of alternating between in-person and remote testimony, usually with good balance between the two forms of testifying. That said, the number of bills introduced in the first two weeks is overwhelming, with more…
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January 20, 2023

Advocacy in Action! January 19, 2023

Prepared by Marie Sullivan, legconsultant@wastatepta.org WSPTA President Nancy Chamberlain thanked Senator Lisa Wellman, D-Mercer Island, SB 5311 bill sponsor, for updating her original bill on funding for the state’s special education program to include increases to the multiplier for students with disabilities in general education and non-general education classes. In the Senate Early Learning & K-12…
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January 19, 2023

Advocacy in Action! January 18, 2023

Prepared by Marie Sullivan, legconsultant@wastatepta.org   WSPTA issue submitter Rene Price spoke in strong support for SB 5072, requiring universal screening to identify highly capable students, before the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee on January 18. Her testimony can be found here. WSPTA member Austina Del Bonte, who also serves as President of the…
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January 18, 2023

Advocacy in Action! January 17, 2023

Prepared by Marie Sullivan, legconsultant@wastatepta.org On Tuesday, January 17th, parent advocate Tanya Aggar asked House Education Committee members to pass HB 1109, which would encourage school districts to evaluate students for special education services and develop Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) prior to the start of the school year. As a parent of a student with disabilities,…
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January 16, 2023

Flurry of Hearings Kick Off Week 1 of the 2023 Session

Prepared by Marie Sullivan, legconsultant@wastatepta.org   The first week of session started with pomp and circumstance, the swearing in of members of the 68th Legislature, and a state of the state address by Governor Jay Inslee. Hear Governor Inslee’s address to legislators here. Usually, the first week of a long session starts off a bit…
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