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Kids get at least 30 minutes of recess—it’s the law

Kids get at least 30 minutes of recess—it’s the law

Legislation signed today mandates public schools to provide all elementary students with a minimum of 30 minutes of recess within the school day.  Senate Bill 5257, sponsored by Sen. T’wina Nobles (D-Fircrest), is intended to provide students with safe, inclusive and high-quality play. “We heard in testimony that some students are getting as little as 10 minutes in a school day ...

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Testing students across the board for Highly Capable program signed into law

Testing students across the board for Highly Capable program signed into law

Legislation to institute universal testing for the highly capable program was signed into law today. Senate Bill 5072, sponsored by Sen. T’wina Nobles (D-Fircrest), requires districts to screen all students in both early and late elementary years for highly capable services. “Highly capable programs provide an excellent opportunity to match academic rigor with a student’s learning level,” said Nobles. “By ...

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Nobles bill makes reimbursement Crime Victims Compensation Program permanent for survivors of strangulation

Nobles bill makes reimbursement Crime Victims Compensation Program permanent for survivors of strangulation

Today, the governor signed into law Senate Bill 5070, sponsored by Sen. T’wina Nobles (D-Fircrest), to make permanent the reimbursement for the Crime Victims Compensation Program for survivors of strangulation. Legislation establishing this reimbursement first passed unanimously in 2021. “In the midst of horrific circumstances, survivors are telling us that this program benefits them immensely,” said Nobles. “By making it ...

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Safety for all in Nobles, WA Legislature priorities

Safety for all in Nobles, WA Legislature priorities

OLYMPIA– Democrats in the Washington State Senate identified safety for all as a key priority for the 2023 legislative session, and Sen. T’wina Nobles has two pieces of legislation still in consideration addressing this priority. "I am proud to support and prioritize efforts this session to enhance safety measures and create a safer environment for all,” said Nobles. “Legislation I have ...

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Nobles champions education priorities

Nobles champions education priorities

OLYMPIA – Education remains one of the top priorities for the Washington State Legislature and Sen. T’wina Nobles (D-Fircrest) brought forward several proposals to advance educational opportunities, which have passed the legislature and are now headed to the governor’s desk. “As a former educator and mom, access to quality education for every student is always a priority to me,” Nobles said. ...

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Senate passes bill expanding access to Highly Capable Programs

Senate passes bill expanding access to Highly Capable Programs

Olympia– The Senate passed a measure, sponsored by state Sen. T’wina Nobles (D-Fircrest) which establishes new requirements that identify students who may be eligible for highly capable programs. Senate Bill 5072 requires school districts to conduct universal screenings once in or before second grade, and again in or before sixth grade. “Highly capable programs provide accelerated learning and enhanced instruction for ...

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New School Recess Bill Aims to Combat Youth Mental Health Crisis

New School Recess Bill Aims to Combat Youth Mental Health Crisis

Survey Finds Large Recess Disparity, Parents Want More Recess in Washington State SEATTLE–Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023–A bill filed in the Washington State legislature last week and co-sponsored by Senators T’wina Nobles (D-Fircrest) and Claire Wilson (D-Auburn) would ensure students receive a minimum of 45 minutes of recess during each school day. There is currently no Washington state law guaranteeing recess for ...

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Riccelli, Nobles Introduce Free School Meals Bill

Riccelli, Nobles Introduce Free School Meals Bill

OLYMPIA – All K-12 students in Washington state would have access to free breakfast and lunch under proposed legislation introduced today by Sen. T’wina Nobles (D-Fircrest) and Rep. Marcus Riccelli (D-Spokane). The Washington Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act (HB 1238/SB 5339) would require all schools to provide free breakfast and lunch, and would define school meals as ...

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Nobles named Senate Majority Caucus Whip

Nobles named Senate Majority Caucus Whip

Olympia– Sen. T’wina Nobles (D-Fircrest) was selected by her Senate colleagues to serve as Senate Majority Caucus Whip during the 2023 session. “I am both humbled and enthusiastic to have been selected by my peers to serve in this position,” said Nobles. “From the start of my tenure in the Senate, I’ve stressed the importance of transparency in my office. I’ve ...

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Nobles fulfills promise to investigate car tab payment options

Nobles fulfills promise to investigate car tab payment options

Olympia – A report on car tab payment options is available to the public now. The Joint Transportation Committee (JTC) received legislative direction to convene a Vehicle Registration Payment Options Workgroup to analyze payment options for vehicle fees and publish a report. “I appreciate the approach we took to analyze this issue,” said Sen. T’wina Nobles (D-Fircrest), who spearheaded the ...

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