Washington Education Policy Brief - Dec. 20

Current Events & News, High School Success, Legislation | 12/20/2019

Katie Gustainis
Marketing & Communications Director, Stand for Children Washington

The Horizon: Key Dates

  • January 13 – 2020 Legislative Session begins 
  • February 7 – Policy Committee Cutoff (anticipated)
  • February 11 – Fiscal Committee Cutoff (anticipated)
  • February 19 – House of Origin Cutoff (anticipated)

Education Policy

New to the Washington education beat? Click here to see our summary of 2019 education policy.

While we continue to refresh the pre-filed legislation webpage to keep an eye on what’s coming down the pipe, the reality is that many, many bills will go unheard during this short session. We’ll use this policymaking brief during session to summarize what education policy we’re seeing that is important and highlight which ones are actually moving forward.

OSPI has released their 2020 Legislative Budget Requests - notable is their request to increase the special education funding multiplier. We’ll be keeping a close eye on this as session advances.

This week, Governor Inslee also released his Proposed 2020 Budget, which includes a very small four bullet points for K-12 education, on page 19.

As we head into the holidays, we’re also thinking ahead to the policies we see making headway that are proven to support student outcomes. In 2020, we’ll be paying particular attention to legislation that supports the advancement of racial equity and our responsibility as a state to provide real support for students, including:

  • Reducing financial barriers and increasing access to dual credit classes
  • Improving counseling services for students
  • Ensuring equitable support for students with disabilities.

You can read more in detail about our 2020 Legislative Priorities here. I’m also happy to chat on the phone any time during session about what we’re paying attention to and what we see coming down the pipe.

Key Numbers

  • 9,208 – the number of students who received state funding to cover their dual credit test fees in 2017-1
  • 73,349 – the number of low-income students who took a dual credit course in 2018
  • 24 – the number of days until the 2020 legislative session

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What We’re Reading 

Whatcom County is a child care desert, and it’s a problem all over Washington state – Bellingham Herald

In Washington’s foster care system, aging out often means ending up in prison - Crosscut

Fewer students are going to college. Here’s why that matters. – Spokane Public Radio

‘Someone in your corner’: One-on-one coaches help Washington foster kids make the leap to adulthood – Seattle Times

Education Funding: An explainer

How do Washington schools get funded, anyway? An education funding primer video to get you started:

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