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Legislative Priorities

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Government Relations

360-725-6067
Jenny Plaja
360-725-6067

Download OSPI's 2019 Legislative Priorities

Supports for Students with Disabilities

  • Create a new funding model for serving students with disabilities using a tiered multiplier, which will target funds to individual student needs and promote inclusionary practices.

Equitably Fund our Schools

  • Allow school bonds to pass using a simple majority, as opposed to a 60% supermajority.
  • Restore school districts’ local levy authority to 22% of the district’s prior school year revenue.
  • Use balanced revenue to ensure funding is more equitable.
  • Provide access to new funding for school districts with aging schools in need of repairs.
  • Revise the outdated funding model for institutional education programs so students can be set up for successful transitions.

More Supports for our Educators

  • Increase supports for new principals and educational staff associates.
  • Enhance mentoring assistance for teachers who are new or who teach students with disabilities.
  • Provide more professional development days for topics including race, equity, inclusion, social-emotional learning, and mental health.

Build a 21st Century Education System

  • Support dual language learning by expanding grant funding, providing incentives to bilingual educators, and recognizing bilingual students.
  • Establish a pilot program for school districts to expand student learning beyond the traditional school day or school year.

Ensure Students are Safe and Supported

  • Increase essential support staff like nurses, counselors, and family and community engagement coordinators.
  • Create regional school safety centers and a coordinated suicide prevention and behavioral health system to provide supports to students.
  • Increase funding for the School Nurse Corps to meet the nursing demands of small schools.

Provide Multiple Pathways to Graduation

  • Increase career and technical education (CTE) course equivalencies so students have flexibility in meeting credit requirements on a path aligned with their post-secondary goals.
  • Expand access to CTE programs by tearing down systemic and financial barriers.
  • Increase access to dual credit courses, where students earn high school and college credit at the same time, for students experiencing poverty.
  • Provide multiple pathways to a meaningful diploma serving each student and their goals after high school.

Increase Access to Sexual Health Education

  • Require inclusive, medically accurate, and appropriate comprehensive sexual health education in public schools.