February 23, 2018 Policy Brief

A summary for those closely following the debate.

The Horizon: Key Dates

  • TODAY, February 23: Policy Committee Cutoff – Opposite House
  • Monday, February 26: Fiscal Committee Cutoff – Opposite House
  • Friday, March 2: Opposite House Cutoff
  • Thursday, March 8: Last Day of Session per the state constitution


On Monday of this week the House Education Committee heard SB 6135, a bill that made forward movement on our priority policies: Academic Acceleration and Early Warning Systems. Several compelling testimonies were given in support of the bill by students and community leaders from Spokane, Tacoma, Federal Way, and Seattle.

Today the Seattle Times ran an article by reporter Neal Morton summarizing the journey that the Academic Acceleration and Early Warning System policies have made this session in Washington. Read the article here.

SB 6135 was scheduled to be voted on yesterday during the committee’s executive session, but was pulled from the agenda. Since today is the Policy Committee Cutoff for all legislation, it’s unlikely SB 6135 will make any more legislative progress this year.

The other education bill we’re watching closely is SB 6362, sponsored by Senator Wellman, that makes adjustments to 2017’s education legislation. This bill is likely to be labeled as NTIB (Necessary to Implement the Budget), which means legislators are likely to pass it after negotiations on the supplemental budget and related revenue and spending issues are resolved.

Key Numbers 

  • 13 days left in the regularly-scheduled 2018 legislative session

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What We're Reading

State lawmakers advance legislation to encourage schools to make better use of student data – Seattle Times

The Washington state Senate unanimously passed a bill that would encourage schools to identify and support students on the verge of dropping out or who are ready for advanced courses to earn college credit in high school.

Democratic State Lawmakers Unveil Conflict Budget Proposals – The Chronicle

Democrats in both chambers of the state Legislature are at odds over adding more funding to public education and how to cut property taxes across Washington.

No quick fixes: "Principal of the Year" on how his Lower Valley school became a model for student success – Yakima Herald

Nine years ago, not even half of Sunnyside’s students graduated. Last year, it was 90.3 percent — well above the state average of 79.1 percent.


Thank you for reading our summary. Please share any questions or feedback you may have with Katie Gustainis, kgustainis@stand.org.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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