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During this Legislative session we are watching for corrections or additions to the recent funding plan (McCleary) addressing these issues. There are numerous bills on each issue needing review and analysis – these will combine in the future to become a bill we can support.
SB 5514 Requires first responder agencies to notify all known schools in the vicinity, including private schools, if there is a situation for which an evacuation or lockdown appears reasonably necessary. Passed by the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee to Senate Rules for second reading.
SB 5313 Would allow a school district to choose a maximum levy lid of either 20 percent of the total state and federal funds, or $3,500 per pupil. Passed by the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee and referred to Senate Ways & Means Committee.
SB 5141 Defines the duties of a School Resource Officer (SRO) and requires school districts choosing to have a SRO to ensure that the SRO goes through the training described in the bill. Passed by the Early Learning & K-12 Education and will be heard by Senate Ways & Means Committee on February 20.For those of you wanting to know more about Special Education funding and problems with Levies and Levy Equalization watch this excellent work session by the Senate Ways & Means Committee including presentations by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), school superintendents, a school psychologist, and a special education teacher.
In the next week, hearings will be held on many of the below bills and the path forward to support or oppose them will become clear.
Special Education Funding
Additional Support Staff
Mental Health & School Safety Support
SB 5316 The maximum dollar amount which may be levied by any school district for enrichment levies will be equal to either $1.50 per thousand dollars of the assessed value of district property or $2500 per student.
SB 5466 Concerning school district levies. By request of the OSPI.