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Governor signs bipartisan school safety measure

Governor signs bipartisan school safety measure

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Funding K-12 education is the paramount duty of the state, yet students need far more than just academics in school. More resources, more coordination, and more support is needed to help all schools improve training and safety measures. Those are the guiding principles behind House Bill 1216, the bipartisan school safety measure by Rep. Laurie Dolan (D-Olympia), ...

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Legislature passes school levy agreement

Legislature passes school levy agreement

The Washington State Legislature reached an agreement Sunday, and passed an update to the state’s school enrichment levy policy to better serve students, teachers and Washington’s 295 school districts.

The bill now heads to Gov. Jay Inslee for signing.

In 2017, the Legislature made historic changes to the state’s school levy policy to satisfy the state Supreme ...

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Senate passes school levy fix, sends bill to House

Senate passes school levy fix, sends bill to House

A bill passed today by the Washington State Senate would update the state’s levy policy to better serve students, teachers and Washington’s 295 school districts.

In 2017, the Legislature made historic changes to the state’s school levy policy to satisfy the state Supreme Court’s McCleary ruling that basic education must be funded by the state, not by local levy dollars. ...

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Measure changing school bond threshold dies on Senate floor

Measure changing school bond threshold dies on Senate floor

A measure that would have made it easier for local districts to pass school bonds failed today after it didn’t receive the required vote in the Senate.

Senate Joint Resolution 8201, sponsored by Sen. Lisa Wellman (D-Mercer Island), would have amended the state constitution to change the school bond threshold for passage from 60 percent to a simple majority. Changing ...

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Senate passes bill to increase special education funding

Senate passes bill to increase special education funding

A bill passed today by the Washington State Senate increases funding for special education, paving the way for more inclusive learning environments. The bill passed with a unanimous vote.

Senate Bill 5091 is sponsored by Sen. Lisa Wellman (D-Mercer Island), who chairs the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education committee. The additional special education funding comes at ...

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Senate passes bill to promote career connected learning

Senate passes bill to promote career connected learning

A bill passed Friday by the Washington State Senate would expand career connected learning opportunities, helping students understand available career pathways and better plan for their future. The bill passed on a 45 to 3 vote. Senate Bill 5327, the Career Connect Washington Act, is sponsored by Sen. Lisa Wellman (D-Mercer Island) and was requested by Gov. Jay Inslee.

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Senate passes bill to focus agencies on people’s needs – not immigration

Senate passes bill to focus agencies on people’s needs – not immigration

A bill passed today by the Washington State Senate would ensure that state and local agencies focus on the needs of Washingtonians instead of doing the work of federal immigration officials. The bill passed on a vote of 30 to 16.

Senate Bill 5497, the Keep Washington Working Act, would limit the amount of information that state and local agencies ...

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Bill to expand broadband service passes state Senate

Bill to expand broadband service passes state Senate

A bill passed today by the Washington State Senate would expand broadband access to underserved communities. Senate Bill 5511 is sponsored by Sen. Lisa Wellman (D-Mercer Island), and was requested by Gov. Jay Inslee.

“I want every school child to be able to go on the internet and have the richness that exists in that world available to them,” Wellman ...

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School safety bills pass state Senate

School safety bills pass state Senate

A package of bills to make Washington schools safer passed the state Senate today.

Sen. Lisa Wellman (D-Mercer Island) prioritized the comprehensive and bipartisan list of legislation following a statewide Educational Service District tour and after reviewing recommendations by the state’s Mass Shooting Workgroup.

“Students, teachers, parents and school administrators throughout the state are coming to us with ...

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Senate passes bill for comprehensive sexuality health education

Senate passes bill for comprehensive sexuality health education

Science-based, comprehensive sexuality health education would become a required component of public school curriculums, under legislation passed today by the Senate on a 28-21 vote.

“Many students are sexually assaulted or coerced into having sex, or find themselves in abusive relationships,” said Sen. Lisa Wellman (D-Mercer Island), who chairs the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee. “At its core, ...

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