More victories but Special Education and CTC funding still on the line
Coming up this week – take action now!
We’re down to the last few days to advocate for what our students and schools/colleges need in the state’s biennial budget, and a few of our biggest priorities are still on the line.
- The House and Senate proposed different funding levels for Special Education; we need the higher Senate levels to get students more of what they need. Take action now – send your legislators a message calling for the higher funding levels!
- As lawmakers negotiate the differences between the House and Senate budgets, we need them to come to agreement on 100% funding for Community and Technical Colleges. Send a message to your legislators now.
Looking ahead by strengthening WEA-PAC
We’ve had an incredibly successful legislative session and found more lawmakers than ever willing to listen to us and act to win what our students and schools/colleges need. This was only possible because WEA members united in WEA-PAC and supported candidates who back public education. As we look at what we won and what we could have won, it’s a great opportunity to join or level up your WEA-PAC membership. Together, we can keep making public education in Washington even better.
Updates on major bills
Signed into law by Governor Inslee:
- SB 5650 to fund a 3.7% K-12 educator Cost of Living Adjustment for 2023-24 and at the Implicit Price Deflator, a measure of inflation, for 2024-25 and beyond
- The bill to exempt benefit enrollment information from public disclosure (SB 5421)
Bills on their way to the Governor for his signature
- The Safe at Work ergonomic protections bill (SB 5217)
- The bill adding financial transparency to public four-year colleges (SSB 5512)
- The bill providing privileged protection to communications between employees and their unions (HB 1187)
- HB 1200 to ensure public employers share basic employee contact information with unions
- The bill ensuring universal screening for highly capable students (SB 5072)
- The bill preventing musculoskeletal injuries and disorders (ESSB 5217) that would allow L&I to adopt ergonomic rules
- SB 5257 requiring 30 minutes of recess for elementary students
- Increasing access to PEBB retiree benefits for Plan 2 members (HB 1008)
Awaiting concurrence or resolving differences between the two chambers
- Increasing funding supports for Special Education (ESHB 1436)
- Free school meals for 600,000 of our 1,000,000 K-12 students (HB 1238)
- The bill that exempts disclosure of personal information of state employees who are survivors of violence, assault, or harassment (HB 1533)
- Providing a one-time 3% COLA for Plan 1 TRS/PERS retirees(SB 5350)
- The bill creating oversight and accountability for charter schools (ESHB 1744)
- The Transitional Kindergarten bill (HB 1550)
- HB 1701, the bill about education in institutional settings
Missed cutoff and now effectively dead for this session
- The bill updating the Paraeducator Fundamental Course of Study (HB 1277)
- The bill expanding media literacy and digital citizenship in schools (SSB 5626)