April 7, 2017 Policy Brief
April 12: Last day for consideration of opposite chamber bills
April 23: Last day of regular session
June 7: Economic Forcast
June 20: Revenue Forcast
June 30: Budget or Continuing Resolution for 2017-2019 must be adopted
July 7: Initiative Filing Deadline
Policy Round Up
Both the House and Senate have passed their respective budget proposals.
SHB 1445, on the Senate floor calendar, creates a new effort to recruit and train bilingual teachers in the state.
ESHB 1115, on the Senate floor calendar, creates new standards and certification requirements for paraeducators.
Senate budget increased funding of the Learning Assistance Program, which is less than 5 percent of their proposed $1.8 billion education spending increase. The House has not proposed a funding increase for the Learning Assistance Program.
Washington State ranks 41st in the nation in high school graduation rates (U.S. Department of Education).
Social Media Chatter
The Tacoma News Tribune’s @MelissaSantos1 tweeted yesterday that “Inslee says state is required to pay for ‘dinner’ for every child. But others – through local money – can provide ‘dessert.’ @waleg #waedu.”
@glossolaliac replied: “wasn’t the fact that levies are unconstitutional kinda the crux of the decision?”
@MelissaSantos1 followed up with a question for @GovInslee: “The use of local levies for basic education yes. I asked how you prevent levies from paying for those state responsibilities…@GovInslee: You prevent local $$ from going to state costs by paying for those obligations, i.e. the ‘dinner tab’ #waleg #waedu.”
What We're Reading
An Education Week State Highlight Report – Education Week
“…states are graded based on achievement gaps between low-income students and their more affluent peers. Washington’s grade on those poverty-gap measures stands at a C. Nationally, it ranks 50th in this area.”
Gifted programs across Washington leave out black and Latino students — but Federal Way is one model for change – Seattle Times
“The rate of black students doing advanced coursework has nearly doubled, to 34 percent, and Federal Way now has better participation among minority and low-income children in gifted programs than any other large, diverse district in the state.”