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  • Retirement & Health Benefits for February 26, 2021

    Fred Yancey | The Nexus Group
    Feb 26, 2021
    Both Houses are focusing on ‘floor’ action. They have primarily voted to pass bills that have the support of both parties. Proposals that do not have such consent continue to be approved along party lines. And some bills such as those dealing with police and/or guns generate lively debate. Bills have to be out of their houses of origin by the end of the day March 9th. So, these floor debates will get even more spirited as the controversial bills come before the bodies.
  • School Celebration Newsletter | March Edition

    Cindy Cromwell, Alternative Learning Education Administrator for the Kelso School District
    Feb 25, 2021
    Like many of you, my students are returning back to in person learning and I love it. This however, has brought a total different level of anxiety and stress to staff, students, and families. Which means it is critical that we, as leaders in our school, do something this month of modified “madness” to bring joy into our schools. March lends itself naturally to great opportunities of celebration to love on your staff between college basketball March Madness (Go Zags!), St. Patrick’s Day, or a few other exciting days I have included in this newsletter. I hope you can find one or two ideas to implement and utilize with your team.
  • OSPI School Safety Tips for March

    Mike Donlin, Program Supervisor, School Safety Center, OSPI
    Feb 25, 2021
    As we know, the Legislature considers it a matter of public safety for its schools and staff to have current safe school plans and procedures in place to maximize safety for all students and staff. Districts and schools are required to develop comprehensive all-hazard emergency operations plans (EOPs) to address prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery strategies.
  • Two Washington Students Selected for United States Senate Youth Program

    Roz Thompson, Governmental Relations & Advocacy Director, AWSP
    Feb 23, 2021
    The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) announces that high school students Ms. Ailani Savannah Baldwin and Ms. Khanh Le Doan will join Senator Patty Murray and Senator Maria Cantwell in representing Washington during the 59th annual USSYP Washington Week, to be held March 14 — 17, 2021. Ailani Baldwin of Vancouver and Khanh Doan of Everett were selected from among the state’s top student leaders to be part of the 104 national student delegation who will each also receive a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate study. Due to the pandemic, the 2021 program will break ground as the first-ever fully virtual Washington Week, and is designed to be a highly interactive and exciting education and leadership forum for the nation’s most outstanding student leaders.
  • Legislative Update for February 19, 2021

    Roz Thompson, Governmental Relations & Advocacy Director, AWSP
    Feb 19, 2021
    The focus was definitely on fiscal committees this week as legislators work to meet the next significant cut-off date of this legislative session on Monday, February 22. By the end of that day, bills need to be passed out of the House fiscal committees and Senate Ways & Means and Transportation committees in each house of origin. Some of these committees will meet on Saturday to continue this work.
  • Special Education and 504 Tips & Resources | Feb. 19 Edition

    Abby Bowers | Director of Special Programs | Capital Region ESD 113
    Feb 19, 2021
    Weekly special education and Section 504 resources from Abby Bowers, Capital Region ESD 113's Director of Special Programs.
  • Retirement & Health Benefits for February 19, 2021

    Fred Yancey | The Nexus Group
    Feb 19, 2021
    The deadline for policy bills has come and gone, and the deadline for fiscal bills is imminent. Both Houses will now focus on ‘floor’ action, or in this case ‘zoom’ action. Simply stated, at this point, bills will have either been moved out of the policy and fiscal by end of day, Feb. 22nd, moved out of the respective Rules Committee, placed on the floor calendar awaiting action, passed by the bodies, and sent to the opposite house by the March 9th or they are ‘dead’. The cycle then repeats in the opposite chamber.
  • AWSP News for February 19, 2021

    David Morrill
    Feb 19, 2021
    In this edition of AWSP News, we discuss how much we love and appreciate you, some incredible professional learning opportunities, connecting with your own principal network, our Turn Up the Volume on Student Voice virtual series, a two-year term on the AWSL Student Voice & Advisory Council, AWSL's dynamic bilingual (English-Spanish) program, La Chispa, the 2021-22 Intern Grant Application, and a thank you to all of you who’ve donated to our Cispus Forever campaign.
  • Supporting Working Families: Why Collaborating with Childcare When Planning to Reopen Matters

    Karma Hugo, Director of Early Learning, OSPI
    Feb 17, 2021
    Many working families with school-age children experienced an increased need for childcare during remote learning. This is especially true for essential workers. Our state depends on childcare and youth development programs so that its workforce can meet the needs of Washingtonians during these challenging times and help keep our economy afloat. The difficult decisions districts had to make about return-to-school schedules have a direct effect on local childcare and youth development programs. During COVID 19, childcare and youth development programs across the state adapted to accommodate children who would typically be in school in person. They changed schedules, purchased special equipment for remote learning, and took on new health and safety practices to support students and families amid a pandemic.
  • Legislative Update for February 12, 2021

    Roz Thompson, Governmental Relations & Advocacy Director, AWSP
    Feb 12, 2021
    We’ve had a great advocacy week thanks to so many of our AWSP members reaching out to meet with their legislators. I have enjoyed the Zoom meetings and email exchanges as principals have been getting prepped for these important conversations and I’ve been able to Zoom into several regional meetings to share a legislative update. Our voice is always needed across the state to help those creating policy ensure that the right decisions are being made for students. If you have specific questions or want to get involved with advocacy, let me know.

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