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  • Legislative Update for March 19, 2021

    Roz Thompson, Governmental Relations & Advocacy Director, AWSP
    Mar 19, 2021
    We reached the one-year anniversary of school closures to in-person learning this past week, and work continues to get all school buildings open once again. The ever-changing requirements and guidance for our schools keeps coming, among them being Governor Inslee’s announcement last Friday that requires all school districts to provide all K–12 students with the opportunity to receive at least two days per week of in-person learning no later than April 19. OSPI published a Q&A document that you may find helpful.
  • Special Education and 504 Tips & Resources | March 19 Edition

    Abby Bowers, Director of Special Programs, Capital Region ESD 113
    Mar 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 March 19, 2021

    Fred Yancey | The Nexus Group
    Mar 16, 2021
    Public hearing and Executive Sessions continued this week as legislators dealt with various bills received from the opposite chamber. In fact, it appears that committees have sped up bills passing from Executive Sessions. This pattern will continue until the deadlines come and go for bills to have cleared policy (March 26th) and fiscal (April 2nd) committees.
  • Legislative Update for March 12, 2021

    Roz Thompson, Governmental Relations & Advocacy Director, AWSP
    Mar 12, 2021
    After this Tuesday’s bill cutoff, the surviving bills switched houses and the committee hearing process started up again. This week and next week’s schedule of bill hearings are listed below. Work on the supplemental, operating, and capital budgets continues. The state’s budget outlook seems to look better each month and a third round of federal funding is on its way. But our work for stable education funding is far from over. The next major revenue forecast will be released at the March 17th meeting of the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council and the Senate and the House will release their budgets shortly thereafter. Our job is to keep telling our stories about what financial support we need from the state to educate each and every student safely.
  • Special Education and 504 Tips & Resources | March 12 Edition

    Abby Bowers, Director of Special Programs, Capital Region ESD 113
    Mar 12, 2021
    Weekly special education and Section 504 resources from Abby Bowers, Capital Region ESD 113's Director of Special Programs.
  • Outside Is In: The Trouble with Zebra Mussels

    Chase Buffington, Cispus Learning Center Director
    Mar 11, 2021
    Invasive what? At first, it seems like just a cool new pet or fun hobby accessory to add to the house. But sometimes exotic pets or pet accessories that are native to other countries can be destructive here in Washington state. For instance, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife issued a notice this week about invasive zebra mussels that are not native to Washington but are hitching a ride on "Betta Buddy" brand moss balls that people frequently use in aquariums. The moss balls and accompanying zebra mussels become a problem when aquarium owners dump out their tank water and the zebra mussels go down the drain with it and into our environment.
  • Retirement & Health Benefits for March 12, 2021

    Fred Yancey | The Nexus Group
    Mar 10, 2021
    This second half of session is just a repeat of the first half except each house is hearing the bills that passed the opposing chamber. And the process starts with committee hearings and as Milton Berle once said, “a committee is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours.”
  • Education in the Time of COVID: A LEV Webinar

    David Morrill, Communications & Technology Director, AWSP
    Mar 10, 2021
    As we approach the final quarter of this historic and challenging school year, principals across Washington are navigating remote, hybrid, and modified in-person learning environments for students, educators, and families. We've helped assemble a panel of principals to join the League of Education Voters for one of their lunchtime "LEVinars."
  • Legislative Update for March 5, 2021

    Roz Thompson, Governmental Relations & Advocacy Director, AWSP
    Mar 05, 2021
    This week was all about floor action in both the House and the Senate. Listening to the discussion among legislators as they discuss bills and potential amendments - even on Zoom - can be very insightful. Legislators are working hard to get bills passed by their next deadline of March 9th when they have to be passed out of each house to stay alive.
  • Special Education and 504 Tips & Resources | March 5 Edition

    Abby Bowers | Director of Special Programs | Capital Region ESD 113
    Mar 05, 2021
    Weekly special education and Section 504 resources from Abby Bowers, Capital Region ESD 113's Director of Special Programs.

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