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Wilson bill to raise families’ awareness of Education Ombuds passes Senate

Wilson bill to raise families’ awareness of Education Ombuds passes Senate

  OLYMPIA Legislation passed today by the Senate would raise awareness among families in the public education system about the services of the Office of Education Ombuds in Washington (OEO). Senate Bill 5376, sponsored by Sen. Claire Wilson (D-Auburn), would require public schools to notify students and their families of the services available through OEO in at least one ...

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Senate passes Wilson bill to help kinship caregivers access resources

Senate passes Wilson bill to help kinship caregivers access resources

  OLYMPIA Legislation passed today by the Senate would help kids in foster care to stay with family members and in their communities where possible. Senate Bill 5151, sponsored by Sen. Claire Wilson (D-Auburn), would also waive licensing fees for childcare providers until 2023 and would make permanent a pilot program for outdoor, nature-based early learning. Help for kinship caregivers Family reunification ...

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Senn and Wilson introduce fair start for kids to address child care shortage and economic recovery

Senn and Wilson introduce fair start for kids to address child care shortage and economic recovery

OLYMPIA – Earlier today, Sen. Claire Wilson (D-Auburn) and Rep. Tana Senn (D-Mercer Island) introduced companion legislation to address the child care crisis costing our families, businesses and economy. We must make child care more affordable and accessible for families across Washington state. Child care was in crisis before the COVID-19 pandemic, and now it’s on the brink of collapse. According to a Read More

Wilson joins Rules Committee, will amplify early education focus

Wilson joins Rules Committee, will amplify early education focus

  OLYMPIA – Sen. Claire Wilson (D-Auburn) has won a seat on the Senate Rules Committee, the entity that determines whether a bill will receive a vote of the full Senate or die in committee. “Education is one of our most important priorities, both for our children’s futures and for the overall health of our communities, but there’s tremendous competition in Rules ...

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Two more Wilson bills improving access to childcare signed into law

Two more Wilson bills improving access to childcare signed into law

Two new laws signed today by Gov. Inslee will ensure the delivery of full childcare benefits for eligible households under the Working Connections Childcare (WWC) program and will improve teen parents’ chances of attaining the education and graduation credentials to position them and their children for more successful lives. “Childcare has never been more needed or less accessible than it is ...

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Governor signs new law to prohibit solitary confinement of youths

Governor signs new law to prohibit solitary confinement of youths

Juvenile holding facilities may no longer subject teens to solitary confinement, except in extraordinary circumstances, under a law signed today by Gov. Jay Inslee. “Solitary confinement is damaging to youth. It traumatizes them and hinders their ability to learn, grow and reintegrate into society,” said Rep. Strom Peterson (D-Edmonds), the sponsor of House Bill 2277. “Subjecting kids to solitary confinement ...

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Wilson bill to improve childcare learning and development is now law

Wilson bill to improve childcare learning and development is now law

A new law signed today by Gov. Inslee allows childcare providers the additional time some need to make remedial improvements that improve quality of care. Senate Bill 6483, sponsored by Sen. Claire Wilson (D-Auburn), updates the state’s Early Achievers rating requirements to allow certain childcare providers 12 months instead of 6 to complete remedial activities necessary to satisfy requirements. The ...

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It’s the law: Wilson’s bill makes childcare facilities gun-free zones

It’s the law: Wilson’s bill makes childcare facilities gun-free zones

A law signed today by Gov. Jay Inslee extends to childcare facilities the same prohibitions on deadly weapons that apply to K-12 schools. “Our younger children deserve the same degree of safety as our school-age youths,” said Sen. Claire Wilson (D-Auburn), the bill’s sponsor. “Whether it’s school or childcare, when parents see their kids off in the morning, they expect them ...

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Governor signs comprehensive sexual health education bill into law

Governor signs comprehensive sexual health education bill into law

The expansion of science-based, age-appropriate sexual health education to all public school districts and grade levels was signed into law today by Gov. Jay Inslee. “This curriculum has been taught in many of our school districts for years, but kids in other districts haven’t had access to the same information and protections,” said Sen. Claire Wilson (D-Auburn), the vice chair of ...

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Bill mandating comprehensive sexual health education in public schools heads to Inslee's desk

Bill mandating comprehensive sexual health education in public schools heads to Inslee's desk

A bill requiring comprehensive sexual health education (CSHE) in all public schools by the 2022-23 school year received final approval from the Washington State Senate on Saturday, and now heads to Gov. Jay Inslee’s desk to be signed into law. The Senate had previously passed the bill, but because the House passed the bill with an amendment, it required another vote ...

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