Author Archives: sgutierrez

08 Mar
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Wellman passes bill to extend rural broadband support

OLYMPIA – A bill to expand access to rural broadband passed out of the Washington State Senate today with broad bipartisan support. Senate Bill 5600, sponsored by Sen. Lisa Wellman (D-Mercer Island), extends the Universal Communications Service Program, which helps ...

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03 Mar
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Students win big as senate pencils in funding for schools

Today in the senate, students won as multiple bills centering student needs and access cleared the floor moving to the House for consideration. Two mainline pieces of legislation moving today included student transportation (SB 5174) and special education funding (SB ...

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01 Mar
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Teachers’ Improved Practice Helps Students Improve Learning

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Mar. 01. 2023 Press Inquiries | 360.786.7477, Sam.Gutierrez@leg.wa.gov OLYMPIA — A bill to increase professional development resources for teachers passed the Senate this Tuesday, poising Washington state to brace educators for growth and stabilization post-pandemic. Sponsored ...

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20 Feb
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The K-12 Parent’s Bill of Rights

The Parent’s Bill of Rights is a report on K-12 student and parent’s rights. This report is based on a document prepared by committee staff as an interim project and was formatted for ease of access and increased readability by ...

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19 Dec
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A look at how WA can set our learners up to succeed.

A look at how some sister-nations are setting their learners up to succeed—and a deep dive into how Washington State can step up to do the same. Senator Wellman continued her annual educational listening tour during this year’s 2022 interim ...

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03 Nov
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Learning from teachers and students: touring local schools

I was delighted and last month to tour two amazing schools in our beautiful state. My team and I went to Mt. Vernon’s La Venture Middle School and Yakima’s Union Gap K-8 Elementary/Middle School. I spoke with teachers, staff and ...

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28 Oct
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Making sure you saw this: election integrity in WA

Friends and Neighbors, Making sure you caught this from my email newsletter last week: I released a short video detailing Washington State election integrity. We are considered the gold standard by many (and for good reason!) With our safe and ...

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21 Oct
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WA: The Gold Standard for safe and secure elections.

  Dear neighbors, As other states across the nation contend with conspiracy theories and local legislation that aims to make it HARDER for people to vote, our state has been ahead of the curve for years – helping everyday Washingtonians ...

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05 Aug
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A quick summer update

Dear neighbors,  We are nearing three months since the end of the 2022 legislative session and while many are campaigning during this time, other Senators, myself included, are not yet up for re-election and are still hard at work meeting ...

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24 Jun
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Right-wing Supreme Court strips human rights from pregnant people everywhere.

Following the supreme court’s decision to upend the constitutional protections on abortion, Senator Lisa Wellman issued the following statement: “Today the right-wing majority sitting on the U.S. Supreme Court voted 6-3 to overturn the court’s 49 year old decision on ...

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