April 24th, 2014
Legislative Priorities
2014 Legislative priorities

 

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Make Ample Provision

Make ample provision for K-12 education programs

Legislative Action: Identify a reliable and dependable revenue funding source for K-12 education to support a robust response to the McCleary Court Order, and to fully implement the provisions of ESHB 2261 and SHB 2776.


 

Authorize Career & College Ready Diploma

Authorization of a 24-credit career and college-ready graduation requirement framework

Legislative Action: The Board urges the Legislature to authorize implementation of the 24-credit career and college-ready graduation requirement framework that supports multiple pathways to postsecondary education and training, and living wage employment options. Changes should take effect for students who will be seniors during the 2018-19 school year (current 7th graders).

proposed graduation requirements 2014

 

Bill: HB 2181 (Sponsors: Lytton, Dahlquist, Carlyle, Tharinger, Haigh, Magendanz)
Authorizes 24 credit graduation requirements and SBE framework beginning with class of 2019, requires SBE to adopt rules for implementation.
         Jan. 13: Referred to House Education Committee
         Jan. 23: Public Hearing - TVW video
         Feb. 5: Executive Session - NO ACTION

Bill: HB 2242 (Sponsors: Lytton, Dahlquist, Haigh, Muri, Magendanz, Carlyle)
Implements recommendations of 2014 QEC report.
         Jan. 15: Referred to House Education Committee
         Jan. 23: Public Hearing - TVW video
         Feb. 5: Executive Session - NO ACTION

Bill: SB 6092 (Sponsors: Litzow, Mullet, Dammeier, Frockt, Hill, Hobbs, Fain, Tom, Rolfes)
Starts 24 credit requirement for class of 2018. Asserts funded. Does not reference SBE framework.
         Jan. 15: Referred to Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee
         Jan. 27: Public Hearing - TVW video

Bill: SB 6552 (Sponsors: Rolfes, Dammeier)
Authorizes 24 credit graduation requirements and SBE framework beginning with class of 2019, requires SBE to adopt rules for implementation. Directs OSPI to develop curricula for math and science course equivalencies to be standardized across districts that offer those courses. Changes instructional time requirements to be districtwide average 1000 for grades 1-8, districtwide average 1080 for grades 9-12 and allows for a further districtwide average, resulting in 1027 hours. Delays implementation of the hours increase to 2015-2016. Redirects $97 million allocated for hours to increased guidance counselors, increased MSOC, and funding for lab science class size.
        The bill also makes changes to the instructional hour requirements. The State Board of Education has concerns about these changes.
         Feb. 5: Referred to Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee
         Feb. 5: Public Hearing - TVW video
         Feb. 6: Executive Session - PASSED - TVW video
         Feb. 6: Referred to Senate Ways and Means Committee
         Feb. 10: Public Hearing - TVW video
         Feb. 11: Executive Session - PASSED - TVW video
         Feb. 11: Referred to Senate Rules Committee
         Feb. 13: Voted out of Senate
         Feb. 17: Referred to House Education Committee
         Feb. 24: Public Hearing - TVW video
         Feb. 26: Executive Session - PASSED - TVW video
         Feb. 26: Referred to House Appropriations Committee
         Feb. 27: Public Hearing - TVW video
         March 1: Executive Session - PASSED - TVW video
         March 3: Referred to House Rules Committee
         March 12: Voted out of House - TVW Video
         March 13: Senate concurred in House amendments
         March 13: Delivered to Governor
         April 3: Signed by Governor

Bill: HB 2792 (Sponsors: Sullivan, Hunter, Freeman, Morrell, Walkinshaw, Ryu, Tarleton, Appleton, Jinkins, Lytton, Tharinger, Fey, Bergquist, Pollet, Reykdal, Van De Wege, Roberts, S. Hunt, Carlyle)
Authorizes 24 credit graduation requirements and SBE framework beginning with class of 2019, requires SBE to adopt rules for implementation. Directs OSPI to develop curricula for math and science course equivalencies to be standardized across districts that offer those courses. Changes instructional time requirements to be districtwide average 1000 for grades 1-8, districtwide average 1080 for grades 9-12 and allows for a further districtwide average, resulting in 1027 hours. Delays implementation of the hours increase to 2015-2016. Redirects $97 million allocated for hours to increased guidance counselors, increased MSOC, and funding for lab science class size. Increases allocations for LAP and TBIP/recently exited TBIP. Increases salary allocations for classified and certificated administrative staff. Creates a Joint Task Force on Local Education Finance Reform.
         Feb. 26: Referred to House Appropriations Committee
         March 1: Public Hearing and Executive Session - PASSED- TVW video
         March 3: Referred to House Rules Committee

        


 

Expand Math & Science Equivalencies

Expansion of math and science course equivalencies for vocational programs

Legislative Action: The Board urges the Legislature to direct the development of statewide model course modules and frameworks that allow students to fulfill math and science credit requirements at skill centers and other high school programs across the state. The Board has an interest in ensuring that these credit equivalency opportunities are offered in an equitable manner across the state.

Bill: HB 2540 (Sponsors: Stonier, Morrell, Magendanz, Fey, Bergquist, Haigh, Freeman, Lytton)
Requires OSPI to develop curriculum frameworks for selected STEM course equivalencies to be standardized across districts. SBE will approve the the selected courses.
        The State Board of Education supports this bill, but has concerns regarding the waiver provision.
        Jan. 20: Referred to House Education Committee
        Jan. 23: Public Hearing - TVW video
        Feb. 5: Executive Session - PASSED - TVW video
        Feb. 5: Referred to House Appropriations Subcommittee on Education
        Feb. 6: Public Hearing and Executive Session - PASSED - TVW video
        Feb. 11: Referred to House Rules Committee
        Feb. 18: Voted out of House
        Feb. 20: Referred to Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee
        Feb. 26: Public Hearing and Executive Session - PASSED - TVW video
        Feb. 28: Referred to Senate Ways and Means Committee

Bill: SB 6044 (Sponsors: Litzow, Rivers, McAuliffe, Hobbs, Hargrove, Billig, Eide, Rolfes, Frockt, Conway)
Requires OSPI to develop curriculum frameworks for selected STEM course equivalencies to be standardized across districts. SBE will approve the the selected courses.
        The State Board of Education supports this bill, but has concerns regarding the waiver provision.
        Jan. 15: Referred to Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee
        Jan. 27: Public Hearing - TVW video

Bill: SB 6552 (Sponsors: Rolfes, Dammeier)
Authorizes 24 credit graduation requirements and SBE framework beginning with class of 2019, requires SBE to adopt rules for implementation. Directs OSPI to develop curricula for math and science course equivalencies to be standardized across districts that offer those courses. Changes instructional time requirements to be districtwide average 1000 for grades 1-8, districtwide average 1080 for grades 9-12 and allows for a further districtwide average, resulting in 1027 hours. Delays implementation of the hours increase to 2015-2016. Redirects $97 million allocated for hours to increased guidance counselors, increased MSOC, and funding for lab science class size.
        The State Board supports the efforts to standardize course equivalency in math and science, but has concerns around the need to clarify the requirement of districts.
         Feb. 5: Referred to Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee
         Feb. 5: Public Hearing - TVW video
         Feb. 6: Executive Session - PASSED - TVW video
         Feb. 6: Referred to Senate Ways and Means Committee
         Feb. 10: Public Hearing - TVW video
         Feb. 11: Executive Session - PASSED - TVW video
         Feb. 11: Referred to Senate Rules Committee
         Feb. 13: Voted out of Senate
         Feb. 17: Referred to House Education Committee
         Feb. 24: Public Hearing - TVW video
         Feb. 26: Executive Session - PASSED - TVW video
         Feb. 26: Referred to House Appropriations Committee
         Feb. 27: Public Hearing - TVW video
         March 1: Executive Session - PASSED - TVW video
         March 3: Referred to House Rules Committee
         March 12: Voted out of House - TVW video
         March 13: Senate concurred in House amendments
         March 13: Delivered to Governor
         April 3: Signed by Governor
        


 

Restore Professional Development

Support restoration of professional learning improvement days (3)

Legislative Action: The Board urges the Legislature to restore funding for three Learning Improvement Days (LID) to support the professional development needs of educators to implement new state policy reforms, including new educator evaluation models, and Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.

Dedicated professional development time will ease the strain on families and children created by the proliferation of half or partial school days, and will reverse the erosion of instructional time that has resulted from the underfunding of professional development.

Bill: HB 2284 (Sponsors: Stonier, S. Hunt, Pollet, Haigh, Reykdal, Ryu, Fitzgibbon, Fey)
Does not specify number of days or uses. Leaves to budget bill. Does not make Basic Education.
        Jan. 15: Referred to House Appropriations

Bill: HB 2313 (Sponsors: Bergquist, Haigh, Reykdal, S. Hunt, Santos, Riccelli, Fey, Pollet, Liias, Orwall, Fitzgibbon, Tarleton, Hudgins, Stonier, Habib, Roberts, Hawkins, Goodman, Sells, Ormsby)
Requires state funding for two days of professional development, but does not require certain topics. Declares professional development not Basic Education.
        Jan. 15: Referred to House Appropriations

Bill: SB 5959 (Sponsors: McAuliffe, Rolfes, Mullet, Billig, Chase, Hasegawa, McCoy, Kline, Conway)
Makes professional learning days part of basic education. Requires districts to spend funds on PD, first year is TPEP, second year is Common Core, subsequent years' professional development topics will be determined in the omnibus appropriations act.
        Jan. 13: Referred to Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee

Bill: SB 6161 (Sponsors: Rolfes, McAuliffe, Ranker, Billig, Dansel, Conway, Cleveland, Chase, Hasegawa, Mullet, McCoy, Keiser, Pedersen, Kline, Kohl-Welles, Frockt)
Requires state funding of at least two professional development days. The legislature may require focus or content for these days. Not Basic Education.
        Jan. 16: Referred to Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee


 

Combat Summer Learning Loss

Support efforts to combat summer learning loss

Legislative Action: Summer learning loss is a real problem for many students, and can be detrimental to those already lagging behind. Most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in math over the summer, and low-income students also lose more than two months in reading. More than half of the achievement gap between lower- and higher income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities. The Board urges the Legislature to work toward a balanced academic calendar to combat summer learning loss and close the educational opportunity gap.

Bill: HB 2317 (Sponsors: Haigh, S. Hunt, Magendanz, Orwall, Fagan, Ormsby, Kagi, Morrell, Seaquist, Pollet)
Creates a grant program to support the development of expanded learning opportunities to combat summer learning loss.
        The State Board of Education supports the efforts being put forward to address summer learning loss, but has concerns that none of the bill proposals address a balanced calendar.
        Jan. 15: Referred to House Education Committee
        Jan. 30: Public Hearing - TVW video
        Feb. 5: Executive Session - PASSED - TVW video
        Feb. 5: Referred to House Appropriations

Bill: SB 6163 (Sponsors: Billig, Litzow, Frockt, Dammeier, McAuliffe, Rolfes, King, Tom, Kohl-Welles, Keiser)
Creates a pilot program to extend the school year by 20 days to combat summer learning loss.
        The State Board of Education supports the efforts being put forward to address summer learning loss, but has concerns that none of the bill proposals address a balanced calendar.
        Jan. 16: Referred to Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee
        Jan. 29: Public Hearing - TVW video
        Feb 6: Executive Session - PASSED - TVW video
        Feb. 6: Referred to Senate Ways and Means Committee
        Feb. 10: Public Hearing - TVW video
        Feb. 11: Executive Session - PASSED - TVW video
        Feb. 11: Referred to Senate Rules Committee
        Feb. 14: Voted out of Senate
        Feb. 17: Referred to House Education Committee
        Feb. 19: Public Hearing - TVW video
        Feb. 26: Executive Session - PASSED
        Feb. 26: Referred to House Appropriations Committee
        March 1: Public Hearing and Executive Session - PASSED - TVW video
        March 3: Referred to House Rules Committee
        March 6: Voted out of House
        March 10: Senate concurred in House amendments
        March 13: Delivered to Governor
        April 3: Signed by Governor

Bill: SB 6209 (Sponsors: Dammeier, Frockt, Hill, Rolfes, Billig, Chase, O'Ban)
Creates an expanded learning council to determine best practice in creating expanded learning opportunities to address summer learning loss.
        The State Board of Education supports the efforts being put forward to address summer learning loss, but has concerns that none of the bill proposals address a balanced calendar.
        Jan. 17: Referred to Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee
        Jan. 29: Public Hearing - TVW video