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Letter from Olympia, week 8 Legislative update from Olympia Dear Neighbor, With a week to go in the 2018 legislative session, a lot is happening in Olympia. We have a large workload this session, and we will be finalizing a number of policy and budget bills in the coming days. It was an honor to... Read More...
Letter from Olympia, week 6 Legislative update from Olympia Dear Neighbor, It has been a busy time here in Olympia as we have passed the halfway point of the 2018 legislative session. In addition to floor action that has sometimes carried into the night, I have enjoyed meeting with student leaders from the Future Business... Read More...
Senate passes Zeiger bill to screen students for dyslexia The state Senate today unanimously approved Sen. Hans Zeiger’s bill defining dyslexia as a learning disability and requiring early dyslexia screenings for elementary-school children. Senate Bill 6162 would direct the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to determine which screening tools meet the developmental and academic criteria to... Read More...
Letter from Olympia, week 4 Legislative update from Olympia Dear Neighbor, Thanks for your recent emails, letters, phone calls, and visits as the 2018 legislative session unfolds. In recent days I spent time with teachers, students, adult family home owners, nurses, home care workers, a brewer, a transit worker, City of Puyallup officials, labor advocates,... Read More...
What’s the hold up? Some of you may be wondering if the budget is complete and we’ve passed our school funding and reform plan, why is the Legislature still in session? Last fall, a ruling by the Washington State Supreme Court made a significant change in how counties determine whether to issue building permits... Read More...
Making education a priority Funding for public education makes up more than 50% of the state budget for the first time since 1983, after dipping as low as 38% just over a decade ago. This is important as a significant part of the McCleary ruling highlighted that the state was not paying the full... Read More...
Landmark progress for students The Legislature passed historic new funding levels and reforms for Washington’s public schools at the end of June, which will have profound effects for our state’s students, teachers, parents and taxpayers for decades to come. In addition to providing a significant funding increase (which is detailed below), we also made... Read More...
Beyond the headlines: budget highlights I want to share a few of the important state budget investments that are on the way. $7.3 billion additional state funds for public education over the next four years. $105 million the next four years toward the State Need Grant, which provides financial assistance to low-income students attending college.... Read More...
New budget and education reforms a win for Pierce County and state Washington students will see historic investments and reforms aimed at improving student achievement for all students over the next four years following today’s passage of a new state budget and education reform legislation. Sen. Hans Zeiger, who serves as chair of the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee, says... Read More...
Agreement reached on testing requirements for high school graduation Students in the high school graduating class of 2017 who did not pass state-required standardized assessments will be able to get their diploma if a new bill announced today is approved by the full Legislature. The compromise plan comes after education leaders in the state House of Representatives and Senate... Read More...
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