Washington State Association
of School Psychologists    


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

Third Annual Summer Institute for Secondary Psychologists

Hosted at Sun Mountain Resort in Winthrop, WA on Friday, August 18!

Registration is open!

Fall Conference 2017

This year's Annual Fall Conference is Oct. 26-28, 2017 at Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum, WA.

Registration is OPEN!

Even if you are unsure if you'll attend, reserve a room now! Contact Suncadia and let them know you were with WSASP for a discount on room price! If they ask, give them the code: 45M3SJ.
**Please visit this page for updated information regarding lodging.

Questions? contact conference@wsasp.org

Are you an exhibitor or vendor? Please contact finances@wsasp.org!

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.

Advocacy Action Center

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, more the legislators in the House and Senate will be informed and can realize the wide range of importance these issues represent. 

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 (see below) as appropriate for each bill of interest to WSASP.  You can use these form letter 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 representatives.  We ask that you send one letter for each bill, as this is how representatives prefer communication, and it keeps our message clear.  

2017 Advocacy Information

URGENT ADVOCACY ACTION 

May:

The Legislature is working its way through the budget negotiations, and they need to hear from members on one important issue that is up for debate.  Testing scores being linked to Graduation.  Click here to send this letter to your legislators encouraging them to DE-LINK state tests scores from graduation!

March:

Your Government and Public Relations Committee has been working on tracking important legislation and has an advocacy action request for all members. House Bill 1377 is a bill we have been working on for 3 years. It includes language we wrote with help from NASP, defining the role of the school psychologist aligned with the NASP professional practice model. This bill also defines the role of school counselors and school social workers, stipulates collaboration between these three roles be provided at the district level, and creates a task force to work on the shortage problems we are all facing. This bill is a very important first step in addressing both our role and the shortage we experience every day. HB 1377 passed through the house with a large margin of support and is now in the Senate Education Committee. GPR has made a form letter available for you to send to members of the Senate Education Committee who are having a public hearing on HB 1377 on 3/27/2017, Monday afternoon. 

Please send this letter to all members of the Senate Education Committee today.  We are asking that this go to only members of the committee at this time.  As such, please copy this letter into the body of an email and send it to these email addresses in an email titled In Support of HB 1377.  Don't forget to sign the letter!

hans.zeiger@leg.wa.gov; joe.fain@leg.wa.gov;ann.rivers@leg.wa.gov;judy.warnick@leg.wa.gov

andy.billig@leg.wa.gov; Christine.rolfes@leg.wa.govmark.mullet@leg.wa.gov

General Update

WSASP's first annual week of action is over, and we are very proud of the work done for Washington's students and school psychologists. Click here for information about what we did.

The GPR Committee is hard at work on specific legislation, and will be providing an update soon.

For information about legislation specifically pertaining to social and emotional learning, check out the SEL for WA website.

Make sure you check the Federal Advocacy page for requests from NASP.

2017 Legislative Update 

Below is information about bills currently being tracked or monitored by the WSASP GPR Committee.

High Priority Bills

HB 1377 – Student Mental Health: Improving students' mental health by enhancing nonacademic professional services.

This bill includes language from HB 1900 which we worked hard on in 2015 and 2016.  This bill defines the roles of the school psychologist, school social worker, and school counselor.  The new iteration also includes funding for time to collaborate between these groups at the building or district level.

Bill Progress: This bill was voted on by the House on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, and passed with 57 Yeas, 40 nays, and 1 excused.  This bill moved from the Senate committee on education with a do pass recommendation to the Ways and Means Committee, who had a public hearing on the bill on 3/30/2017.

SB 5283 – Educational Staff Associates/Services Years: Concerning the calculation of years of service for educational staff associate positions for salary allocation purposes.

Bill Progress: This bill was passed through the Senate Education committee on February 6, 2017 by executive action and moved to the Ways and Means Committee where it still sits.

HB 1643 – Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program: Creating a loan forgiveness program for teachers in high-need schools.

Bill Progress: This bill is likely dead in committee, but language from it might end up as an amendment to HB 1827 , or be brought back next year.

HB 1827 – Educator Workforce Supply: Relating to expanding the current and future educator workforce supply through evidence-based strategies.

This bill is meant to improve and incentivize the recruitment and retention of highly effective educators, especially in high-need subject, grade-level, and geographic areas. It is meant to establish a cohesive continuum of high quality professional learning from preparation programs to job embedded induction, mentoring, collaboration, and other professional development opportunities.

Bill Progress: This bill was passed through the House Education committee on February 16, 2017 by executive action and moved to the Rules Committee , where it still sits.

Medium Priority

SB 5258 – Washington AIM Program: Creates the Washington academic, innovation, and mentoring program to enable eligible neighborhood youth development entities to provide out-of-school time programs for youth six to eighteen years of age.

Bill Progress: This bill was passed through the Senate on March 3, 2017 with 46 yeas, 1 nay, and 2 excused.  This bill since gone through the House Education Committee, and was referred to Appropriations, where it now sits.

SB 5348 – Special Ed/Certificate of Individual Achievement: Concerning students who receive special education services who earn certificates of individual achievement. This bill would require that they get a regular diploma and still be eligible for transition 18-21 services.

Bill Progress: This bill was passed through the Senate Education committee on February 14, 2017 by executive action and moved to the Ways and Means Committee, where it still sits.

Low Priority

SB 5639 – Alternative Student Assessments: Allows a student to use an alternative assessment without taking the statewide student assessment at least once if the student: (1) Is enrolled in a school district with which a technical college has a signed interlocal agreement on file with the superintendent of public instruction; (2) Was under twenty-one years of age at the beginning of the school year; (3) Is enrolled tuition-free; (4) Is enrolled in the school district for the purpose of earning a high school diploma or certificate; and (5) Has participated in instructional activity at the technical college during the current school year.

Bill Progress: This bill was passed through the Senate on March 2, 2017 with 48 yeas, 1 nay, and 0 excused.  This bill will now go to the House, where it will start with the Education Committee.

HB 1511 – Learning Assistance Program: Concerning the learning assistance program (LAP is state version of Title) increased funding.

Bill Progress: This bill was passed through the House Education committee on February 16, 2017 by executive action and moved to the Appropriations Committee , where it still sits.

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.

Did you contact your representative(s)?  Let us know!  

We want to know how BIG our impact is! 

Click here to tell us about the action you took.   

Washington State Association of School Psychologists
PO Box 525
Cheney, WA 99004
contact@wsasp.org
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