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  • Retirement & Health Benefits for March 5, 2021

    Fred Yancey | The Nexus Group
    Mar 05, 2021
    Debates and voting also known as ‘Floor’ action have continued throughout the week. The pattern seems to be that for every three or four bills a chamber passes with bipartisan support, they then debate for hours on a controversial bill which ends with a partisan vote (28/21 or 57/41).
  • AWSP News for March 5, 2021

    David Morrill
    Mar 05, 2021
    In this edition of AWSP News, we discuss state testing, addressing the mental health needs of your students, staff and community, some virtual “Retirement Readiness” seminars from our friends at Veba, a new OSPI sponsored statewide survey for students in grades 6-12, two new statewide networks for rural principals, a budget request of $10 Million to send up to 20,000 students to Outdoor School, the difficult yet necessary decision not to hold our 2021 in-person summer programs on our campuses, our US Senate Youth Program Washington winners, and a chance to serve a two-year term on the AWSL Student Voice & Advisory Council.
  • Five Moore Minutes: The Role of Place

    David Morrill, Communications & Technology Director, AWSP
    Mar 01, 2021
    In the second video of "The Five 'P's' of Inclusion" Series, this video looks at how we can connect place to our understanding of inclusion. Drawing from Indigenous worldview, this video promotes seeing inclusive classrooms as more than locations, and emphasizes the building of community, identity and belonging. To see the first video in the series, watch this video about Presuming Competence!
  • Legislative Update for February 26, 2021

    Roz Thompson, Governmental Relations & Advocacy Director, AWSP
    Feb 26, 2021
    The first fiscal committee deadline passed on Monday, and the list of active bills got even smaller as executive action by both the House Appropriations Committee and the Senate Ways and Means Committee was not taken on some bills. The Legislature spent the rest of this week (and will spend all of next week) on floor action trying to get bills passed out of each house in order to meet the next deadline of March 9th. This is a much slower process in a remote session, so fewer bills will survive this session. We are watching to see which bills are still moving and will keep advocating to get bills of importance to the floor for votes.
  • Special Education and 504 Tips & Resources | Feb. 26 Edition

    Abby Bowers | Director of Special Programs | Capital Region ESD 113
    Feb 26, 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 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.

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