Washington State Association
of School Psychologists    


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

2018 Spring Lecture Series

Registration for the 2018 Spring Lecture Series is now open! Register here - the first session begins January 19th!

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

The 2018 Week of Action was a success!  
Click here to read about what we did.

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.  

2018 Legislative Information

2018 Legislative Information Updated on 2/20/2018

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

Bills that did not move by floor action are now dead for the remainder of this session.  All bills must be out of the Opposite House Policy Committee by Friday, Feb. 26th.  Most policy committees will only be able to meet three times.

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, and worked on again under the number 1377 in the 2017 session.  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.

WSASP Position: For

Bill Progress: This bill started again in the house education committee, and now has passed through to the House Appropriations committee.  The bill is scheduled for a public hearing in the House Appropriations Committee at 3:30 pm on 1/31, and GPR was present to testify in support of this bill.  The committee passed this bill with a majority do pass recommendation!  This bill passed the house, and had a public hearing in the Senate Committee for Early Learning and K-12 Education on 2/19.    

SB 6162 - Defining dyslexia as a specific learning disability and requiring early screening for dyslexia. (Companion bill with HB 2496)

WSASP Position: Against in it's current form

Bill ProgressPublic Hearing on 1/16 in which GPR was present and provided testimony against in it's current form.  Many organizations were present testifying in favor, with change requests.  All change requests were consistent with our same criticisms, primarily to the requirement that students who screen at risk be evaluated for special education.  GPR is in communication with the primary sponsor with further detail and recommendations to improve this bill.  Executive session was planned for 1/23 at 1:30 pm, but no action was taken.  The bill was in executive session in the Senate Committee on Early Learning and K-12 Education on 1/25, where they adopted the first substitute bill and voted to pass it to the Ways and Means Committee.  This substitute addresses the concerns brought forward by the GPR committee along side OSPI and many other stakeholders.  This substitute mandates intervention as opposed to a special education evaluation, though it does still state that a team may refer for further evaluation.  We continue to work closely with OSPI and the lead sponsor of the bill to make this bill what is good for kids!  On 1/29 this bill was officially referred to Ways and Means, and has a public hearing scheduled for 2/1 at 3:30 pm.  GPR was present to testify on this bill.  The Committee passed the Second Substitute Bill with a majority do pass recommendation.  This bill passed the senate, and had a public hearing in the House Committee for Education on 2/19. Additionally, members of GPR have met with representatives working on this bill.

SSB 5766 -  Preventing harassment, intimidation, and bullying in public schools.

WSASP Position: For

Bill Progress: Passed Senate Body Vote on 1/19/18; Now moving to the House

SB 6141 - Strengthening school district plans for recognition, screening, and response to emotional or behavioral distress in students. (Companion bill with HB 2496)

WSASP Position: For

Bill Progress: Hearing on 1/16; Executive session on 1/23 at 1:30 pm resulted in a do pass recommendation, bill moved on to the Senate Ways and Means Committee, where it is scheduled for a public hearing on 2/1 at 3:30 pm.  The Committee passed the First Substitute Bill with a Majority do pass recommendation.  This bill passed the senate, and had a public hearing in the House Committee for Education on 2/20.  

Medium

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.

WSASP Position: For, advocating for the explicit addition of ESA providers

Bill Progress: This bill was introduced through the house education committee, and has been referred to the House Appropriations Committee as of 1/16/2018.  This bill is scheduled for a public hearing in the House Appropriations Committee at 3:30 pm on 1/31.  GPR was present to give testimony on this bill.  The Committee passed the 4th Substitute Bill with a majority do pass recommendation.  This bill passed the house last week.  It will now go to the Senate Policy Committee.  This bill passed the house, and had a public hearing in the Senate Committee for Early Learning and K-12 Education on 2/20. 



The Bills listed here are now "dead" and will not move anymore this session.

HB 2684Defining the process for best interest determinations of students in out-of-home care.

WSASP Position: For

Bill ProgressPublic hearing in House Ed Committee was on 1/23 at 1:30 pm.  It has been scheduled for an executive session on 2/1 at 8 am "in anticipation of other legislative action."  WEA advises there may be amendments introduced at this time. The Committee passed the 1st substitute bill with a majority do pass recommendation.  This bill can be called on for a vote in the House of Representatives soon!


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.

WSASP Position: Monitoring

ESHB 1046 - Concerning certificates of academic and individual achievement.

WSASP Position: Monitoring

SSB 5155 This law would prohibit the suspension or expulsion of any student in Kindergarten through second grade unless they bring a weapon to school

WSASP Position: Monitoring

SB 6360Improving transition planning for students in special education who meet criteria for services from the developmental disabilities administration.

WSASP Position: Working on adjustments to this bill with OSPI

HB 1621 - Providing funding allocations to promote children's health and social-emotional learning.

WSASP Position: For

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

WSASP Position: For

Bill Progress: This bill has had no new movement since 2017, other than being retained in current status sitting in the Senate Ways and Means Committee.  WEA advises the following: When the legislature passed 2242 last year, they removed the staff mix factor effective in 19-20.  Our locals will now be bargaining where certs are placed on the salary schedule.  I am advising all ESAs to set up formal appointments as a group with their local president to make sure they have a spot on the bargaining team and get the same schedule placement as classroom teachers.

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

WSASP Position: For, advocating for the explicit addition of ESA providers

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.

WSASP Position: Monitoring

SB 6144 - Reducing state assessment requirements to only those required for federal purposes in order to facilitate removal of inequitable barriers to students.

WSASP Position: Monitoring

HB-2796- Defining dyslexia as a specific learning disability and requiring early screening for dyslexia. (Companion bill with SB 6162)  

WSASP Position: Against in it's current form

HB 2496 - Strengthening school district plans for recognition, screening, and response to emotional or behavioral distress in students. (Companion bill with SB 6141)

WSASP Position: For  


Curious about bills from the 2017 session? Click here to go to that page.

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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...)

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