Protecting our environment, public health and taxpayers Start talking about pollution liability insurance (PLIA) legislation creating a grant program for remediation and infrastructure improvements — and you’re bound to find just about everyone’s eyes glossing over. And while it sounds highly technical and maybe boring, the intent is to protect human health and our environment — a... Read More...
Student mental health and behavior focus of hearings in education committees Emerging research shows that personal and behavioral skills, such as listening and working well with others, improves academic outcomes for students. Bipartisan legislation to make social and emotional learning opportunities available to school districts statewide received a public hearing in the Senate and House education committees today. The plan, sponsored... Read More...
What does Every Student Succeeds Act mean for Washington? The Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education held a work session to discuss significant federal education policy reforms passed by Congress that were signed into law by the President in December 2015. The legislation is known as the Every Student Succeeds Act and replaces No Child Left Behind, which had... Read More...
Senate education committee approves path forward on education funding Following the 2015 interim work of a group convened by the governor, the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee today approved a bill creating the Education Funding Task Force. The work group will continue efforts to identify recommendations for overall improvements to the state’s K-12 education system. The work... Read More...
From King County to the Capitol Today I had the opportunity meet with local representatives of our home cities including members of the Sammamish City Council, business and community leaders from the Bellevue and Issaquah Chambers of Commerce and animal advocates who were on hand to advocate for the protection of animals with the Humane Society... Read More...
Suicide awareness and prevention On Monday I had the opportunity to speak with David Yamashita, a 41st District resident and member of Forefront, an organization at the University of Washington working on incredibly important suicide prevention efforts. Read More...
Spokane School District and Charter Schools Last week I had the opportunity to speak with business and community leaders from the greater Spokane area about the Spokane School District’s role as a charter school authorizer. When Washington voters passed Initiative 1240 in 2012 allowing public charter schools, local school districts — in addition to state-approved non-profit... Read More...
Sights of the 2016 legislative session The Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee includes nine state senators and considers, reviews and make recommendations on policy and finance issues related to schools and learning from birth through twelfth grade and preparation for later learning experiences.   PHOTO CAPTION: Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe (ranking member), Sen. Steve Litzow... Read More...
Bipartisan plan to keep charter schools open passes Senate Public charter schools would remain available to Washington students under bipartisan legislation passed today by the Washington State Senate. The plan, sponsored by Sen. Steve Litzow and Sen. Mark Mullet, directs charter school funding to come from the state’s Opportunity Pathways Account, which contains state lottery revenues not restricted to... Read More...
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