The Horizon: Key Dates
- December 12 – Legislative Prep Conference Call at 12pm
- 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)
New to the Washington education beat? Click here to see our summary of 2019 education policy.
The Staffing Enrichment Workgroup at OSPI has released their final report of recommendations for the legislature earlier this week on December 1st. Notably, the group recommends that lawmakers invest significant resources to fund more nurses, counselors, psychologists and other school staff over the next 5 years, including increasing the number of educators to meet the classroom sizes laid out in I-1351.
In preparation for 2020, we’re keeping a close eye on pre-filed education legislation, which you can track here. For a more in-depth look ahead to the 2020 session, you’re invited to our annual Legislative Prep Conference Call next Thursday at noon. You can register here to join us. Bring your questions or just come to listen. We’ll be discussing a review of what happened in 2019 education policy, what we expect next year, and what our priorities will be going into 2020. Talk soon.
- 239 – the OSPI workgroup’s recommended number of students per counselor
- 39 – the number of days until the 2020 legislative session
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Education Funding: An explainer
How do Washington schools get funded, anyway? An education funding primer video to get you started: