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More victories but Special Education and CTC funding still on the line

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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.

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

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)

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