Washington State Association
of School Psychologists    


Uniting school psychologists to support all students through advocacy, leadership, and professional development. 

2019 Spring Lecture Series

The 2019 Spring Lecture Series is now open for registration! Click here to find more information and register!

Archived Spring Lecture Series

You can now access previously aired Spring Lecture Series, dating back to 2014, for a discounted price! Please go here for more information.

Call for Action to Prevent Gun Violence in the United States of America

WSASP is proud to endorse the the “Call for Action to Prevent Gun Violence in the United States of America” authored by the Interdisciplinary Group on Preventing School and Community Violence. For more information and to endorse this individually, please go to the following link.

Advocacy Action Center


For the WSASP Week Of Action Page click here!

TAKE ACTION NOW!

Who:  WSASP's Government and Public Relations (GPR) committee has been hard at work in Olympia, and now we need your vital contribution and active support!

What:  Advocate for your self, your field, and kids!  Contact your representatives TODAY about the below-mentioned important issues! Your representatives value your opinion as a constituent, and the more of us they hear from, the louder our collective voice!  Below are 8 bills we are tracking now.  A brief summary is provided and each bill is linked, allowing you to review the contents of the actual bill.

When: The legislature is in session, but this will end in early March.  As bills cycle through the process and move to a vote from the entire legislative body, we will alert you to action through our member email system. When the time is right for each bill, the Form Letter Link will be activated, and you will get an email reminder to take action! 

Where:  Thanks to NASP, you will only have to send the message once to get to all three representatives based on your home address, and we will be able to pull data about how many of us are taking action!

Why:  With more letters of support and phone calls from all stakeholders and professionals in school psychology and allied fields, the legislators in the House and Senate will be informed and can realize the wide range of importance these issues represent.  If we are not at the table, we are on the menu!

How:  You can contact your legislators today.  You can submit public comment via the legislative website (see directions below, via NASP, directly with an email address, or via Our Voice, through WEA (Click here for a step by step tutorial on how to use Our Voice to email your representatives).  The GPR Committee will provide form letters as appropriate for each bill of interest to WSASP.  When these letters are made available, you can use them exactly, add personal stories or comments, or write an original letter to submit to your legislators.  Once your letter is ready, using NASP's Advocacy Action Center, you can send it to all your state representatives with one click.  We ask that you send one letter for each bill, as this is how representatives prefer communication, and it keeps our message clear.  

Legislative Session 2019

The GPR committee has identified the legislative priorities for WSASP in the 2019 session.  There are hundreds of bills filed so far this session.  To identify bills of interest we have 2 primary avenues.  First, NASP uses an algorithm to search for bills with key words such as psychologist or social emotional learning.  Second, the WEA Lobbyist who supports the GPR Committee brings bills to our attention that cross her desk.  GPR then reviews all bills and determines priority based on many factors including the WSASP mission and vision, the GPR Committee's goals, support for the bill in Olympia, and available resources. This list of priorities is subject to change as new bills can be filed every day.  Please look regularly for the most up to date information.  If you have any questions about how or why a bill was prioritized, please contact us at gpr@wsasp.org.

HIGH PRIORITY:  These bills are tracked by the committee.  The WEA Lobbyist will sign in on our behalf at public hearings when we cannot attend ourselves.  In addition, the committee will provide written testimony and input throughout the legislative process. This might include a call to action for all WSASP members.  Finally, committee members are committed to providing testimony on these bills.

MEDIUM PRIORITY: These bills are tracked by the committee.  The WEA Lobbyist will sign in on our behalf at public hearings when we cannot attend ourselves.  In addition, the committee will provide written testimony and input throughout the legislative process. This might include a call to action for all WSASP members.  Finally, committee members will provide testimony in person if possible.

LOW PRIORITY: These bills are tracked by the committee.  The WEA Lobbyist will sign in on our behalf at public hearings when we cannot attend ourselves.  Should the need arise, the committee is prepared to dedicate more resources to these bills which could include written testimony, a call to action for WSASP members, or providing testimony.

Bill Priority List – Updated 2/11/2019 – Brief

For detailed information about each bill click here. 

HIGH PRIORITY

Recruitment and Retention

SB 5315 Increasing student support staff in the prototypical school funding model.

WSASP – PRO    WEA – PRO        

Current Status: 1/30: Public Hearing in Senate Education Committee 

WSASP ACTION TAKEN:

Written testimony provided to the Senate Education Committee for the 1/30/2019 Public Hearing.  See this testimony here

SB 5821/HB 2012 Providing equitable bonuses to K-12 instructional staff who attain national certification through professional organizations.

WSASP – PRO    WEA – PRO        

SB 5821 Current Status: 2/4: Referred to the Senate Education Committee

HB 2012 Current Status:  Filed, no action yet taken

Social Emotional Learning

SB 5082 S Creating a committee to promote and expand social emotional learning.

WSASP – PRO    WEA – PRO        

Current Status: 1/25: Passed out of Senate Education Committee

2/7: Public Hearing in Senate Ways and Means Committee

SB 5689 Concerning harassment, intimidation, bullying, and discrimination in public schools.

WSASP – PRO    WEA – PRO        

Current Status: 1/28: Referred to the Senate Education Committee

MEDIUM PRIORITY

Delinking test scores from graduation

HB 1089 Concerning certificates of academic and individual achievement.

WSASP – PRO    WEA – PRO        

Current Status: 2/12 Public Hearing in the House Education Committee

SB 5014 Reducing state assessment requirements to only those required for federal purposes in order to facilitate removal of inequitable barriers to students.

WSASP – PRO    WEA – PRO         

Current Status: 1/25 Public Hearing in the Senate Education Committee

School Safety Issues

HB 1264 Concerning secondary traumatic stress in public school staff.

WSASP – PRO    WEA – PRO         

Current Status: 2/7: Passed out of House Education Committee

2/11: Referred to House Appropriations Committee

SB 5317/HB 1216 Concerning non-firearm measures to increase school safety and student well-being.

WSASP – PRO    WEA – PRO        

SB 5317 Current Status: 2/6: Passed out of Senate Education Committee as a substitute bill

2/7: Referred to Senate Ways and Means Committee

HB 1216 Current Status: 2/7: Passed out of House Education Committee as a substitute bill

2/11: Referred to Appropriations

WSASP ACTION TAKEN:

Written testimony provided to the Senate Education Committee for the 1/30/2019 Public Hearing.  See this testimony here

SB 5216 Developing multistage threat assessments to increase safety in K-12 schools and institutions of higher education.

WSASP – PRO    WEA – PRO        

Current Status: 1/30: Public Hearing in Senate Education Committee

WSASP ACTION TAKEN:

Written testimony provided to the Senate Education Committee for the 1/30/2019 Public Hearing.  See this testimony here

Recruitment and Retention Issues

HB 1139 Expanding the current and future educator workforce supply.

WSASP – PRO    WEA – PRO        

Current Status: 2/7: Passed out of House Education Committee with amendments

Professional Practices

SB 5532 Concerning special education.

WSASP – PRO    WEA – Other      

Current Status: 2/8: Public Hearing in Senate Education Committee

LOW PRIORITY

Gun Issues

HB 1763 Preparing for and responding to active shooter events and other acts of mass violence at schools.

WSASP – CON    WEA – CON        

Current Status: 1/30: Referred to House Civil Rights and Judiciary Committee

HB 1038 Allowing public school districts and private schools to adopt a policy authorizing permanent employees to possess firearms on school grounds under certain conditions.

WSASP – CON    WEA – CON        

Current Status: 1/14: Referred to House Civil Rights and Judiciary Committee

Social Emotional Learning and Mental Health

SB 5685 Requiring a primary contact in schools to recognize, screen, and respond to emotional or behavioral distress in students.

WSASP – CON    WEA – CON       

Current Status:  1/28: Referred to Senate Education Committee

HB 1221 Improving crisis planning in schools to prevent youth suicide.

WSASP – PRO    WEA –   PRO      

Current Status: 2/4: Public Hearing in House Education Committee

Tips and Tricks

Click here for a description of how a bill becomes a law (it is not so direct of a process as we were taught in middle school...)

See the State Advocacy page for instructions on how to submit a public comment on these bills or any others of interest.

Click here for more resources on Advocacy.

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