Washington Education Policy Brief - Dec. 6

Current Events & News, High School Success, Legislation | 12/06/2019

Katie Gustainis
Marketing & Communications Director, Stand for Children Washington

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)

Education Policy

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.

Key Numbers

  • 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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What We’re Reading 

As the student population grows more diverse, Spokane teachers are overwhelmingly white. School leaders want to change that. - Inlander

A dreaded part of teachers’ jobs: Restraining and secluding students – Spokane Public Radio

Washington’s new career-education programs are off the ground, but how will the state regulate them? – Seattle Times

Citizen’s group files a complaint to the state AG over advanced learning in Seattle - KNKX

‘It’s like glorified day care’: Washington parents demand rigor in special education for young adults - Crosscut

It takes 7,200 students before Washington state will pay for a middle school’s nurse. How much will it cost to change that? – Seattle Times 

Advocacy training urges students to Use Their Voice – The Columbian

Education Funding: An explainer

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

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