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

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 gearing up for a productive 2023 legislative session. The focus of her tours was to visit schools and skills centers giving the Senator boots-on-the-ground classroom experience, hearing from principals and teachers, and engaging with students.

Click here to read the full report or go to: https://tinyurl.com/2022WellmanEdTours

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November: A month to remember

November: A month to remember

Dear Neighbors, For many, November is a month in which we are called to remember ancestors, loved ones lost, the fullness of their lives, and their beautiful—sometimes harrowing stories that often serve as beacons to the way forward as we pick up and continue the work of progressing our communities together. I was honored to have recognized Day of the Dead, or Dia de Los Muertos earlier this month and posted the vibrant graphic below. I was honored to have been invited by the Tribal Leaders Congress on Education to continue our collective efforts to chart the path to ...

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Learning from teachers and students: touring local schools

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 administrators including Principals and a District Superintendent. Most importantly though, I spoke with and learned from students. As the chair of the Senate Committee on Early Learning and K-12 Education, my constituents aren’t just those who live in my legislative district—my constituents are Washington's students, learners, teachers and parents. To all ...

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Making sure you saw this: election integrity in WA

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 accessible election system we see an increased turnout which means more voices are being heard – more of our neighbors are represented. States that mail a ballot to every registered voter can see an increased voter turnout averaging 4 percent or more—that’s a potential of nearly 200,000 more Washingtonians!!! Specifically, 200,000 more people who have historically found it difficult ...

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WA: The Gold Standard for safe and secure elections.

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 take part in safe and secure elections. Studies continually tell us that when we help to provide a safe, easy way for community members to take part in the election process, we see increased participation along with many other benefits! Mail-in voting means you don’t miss work or school time in order to vote. It also means no long lines ...

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A quick summer update

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 with community members, and stakeholders, and road-mapping the upcoming ‘23 session.  If you missed it in my last newsletter, Washington State received an AAA bond rating throughout the public health crisis, underscoring Washington State’s economic viability for businesses and solid financial management, even in the height of a global pandemic.Read More

An end of Session recap

An end of Session recap

Dear neighbors, We have officially ended the 2022 legislative session and I am proud to report we made tremendous strides for everyday working Washingtonians. This year we adjourned on time for the fifth year in a row, a record not held by any legislature since 1899. That’s good government. Additional days, special sessions, cost the state millions of dollars. This exemplifies our commitment to serving Washington’s workers and families and not wasting their money. Scroll below for a quick a digest of this legislative session’s key impacts. While we still have more work to do, I am proud of ...

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Wrapping up another powerful week in the Senate!

Wrapping up another powerful week in the Senate!

Dear neighbors, We’re wrapping up another powerful week in the Senate and we’re almost done! It’s the legislative session’s last full week and I’m proud to say we made great progress. Some of my bills have already been passed through the House. I’m working on shepherding House education bills through the Senate. Scroll below for a quick update.

School District Consultation with Local Tribes

I am honored and excited to report that my bill to equip school board members with tribal consultation training passed! SB 5252 (which cleared the governor’s desk yesterday!) will result in the development of elements and procedures ...

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