May 12, 2017 Policy Brief

Key Dates

The Legislature is entering the fourth week of its Special Session. Key budget negotiators in the House and the Senate are hard at work, but no specific dates are anticipated for action in the coming week.

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

SHB 1445 – Governor Inslee signed this important legislation into law this week at Evergreen High School (Highline School District) to grow capacity for high quality dual language learning in K-12. 


Key Numbers

  • 689 percent – the increase in the number of students served by the state’s bilingual program instruction program from 1986 to 2016.

  • 118,526 – number of students currently served by the state’s bilingual program.


Social Media Chatter

As the Legislature enters its fourth week of its Special Session and the lead negotiators are working hard to fund education for our kids, more than just dollars and cents are at stake. @dgblankinship of @seattletimes tweeted “time for lunch? Bellevue parents fight for longer meal time at school.”


What We're Reading

A student’s ZIP code shouldn’t dictate her academic success – Seattle Times
“Two Washington students grow up just a few miles apart but face very different academic futures. Both attend their local public schools. Both dream of being successful. One walks across a high school graduation stage to earn a diploma. The other one does not. The unacceptable truth: by attending schools in different Washington ZIP codes, students often receive dramatically different — and unequal — educations.”

Early Learning Champions celebrated at awards luncheon – The Columbian
“[Executive director of the Washington State Association of Head Start and Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program Joel] Ryan dwelled briefly on politics in his speech, citing uncertainty about the future of federally funded school programs. He also mentioned political gridlock in Olympia, where lawmakers are currently in an overtime legislative session to respond to the 2012 McCleary order requiring full funding of K-12 education. ‘Your politics shouldn’t be a party,’ Ryan said. ‘It should be kids.’”

Pruning Dead-End Pathways in Career and Technical Ed
"...high up in a state office building in Nashville, career-tech-ed leaders are working to create those kinds of promising career pathways for all students. The clear alignment of high school programs with postsecondary options, and with labor-market needs, doesn't happen by accident. Tennessee is considered a leader in crafting those connections. On a recent spring day, the process of evaluating which high school programs of study should be welcomed, and which rebuffed, was on display."

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