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  • Legislative Update | January 16 - 20, 2023

    Jan 20, 2023
    The second week of the session is coming to an end. Almost 1,000 bills have been introduced so far, with more on the way. The highlight of the week was that our two bills related to principal and assistant principal employment were both passed out of the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Committee. SB 5085 and SB 5175 now move on to the Rules Committee, where legislators on that committee will decide if and when to bring it to the full Senate for a vote.
  • Legislative Update | January 9 - 14, 2023

    Jan 13, 2023
    This year’s legislative session kicked off on Monday, January 9th, and the Capitol was hopping! It was so great to see legislators, staffers, lobbyists, and other people bustling around the buildings and walkways of the Capitol Campus. For the most part, things feel the same as they did in 2020 when legislators last met in person. There are some new security features, such as metal detectors prior to going into the gallery sitting areas of the House and Senate floors, and there are more locked doors in the Cherberg and O’Brien office buildings. But, there are plenty of friendly faces to greet you in hearing rooms or escort you to members’ offices.
  • Legislative Update | 2023 Session Kickoff

    Jan 06, 2023
    Buckle up, people! This year’s legislative session begins on Monday! This will be a long session lasting 105 days. It is the first year of a two-year biennium where a new operating budget for 2023-2025 and hundreds of bills will be passed. Of our 147 legislators, almost 30 of them are brand new to the Legislature.
  • Public Hearing & Feedback Opportunity for Changes to the Principal Evaluation Timeline

    Dec 14, 2022
    OSPI is proposing to establish a timeline and defined process for professional performance evaluations of certificated principals and assistant principals. The proposal would require evaluations and summative conferences be conducted by the evaluator prior to June 1 of the school year of which the evaluation is made. The proposed timeline would apply to both focused and comprehensive evaluations for principals and assistant principals. The proposal is intended to ensure that principals and assistant principals receive timely feedback as well as indications of their employment status.
  • The Year of the Principal

    Oct 12, 2022
    National Principals Month is a simple way of bringing much-needed attention to the work and impact of your leadership. But, is a month-long celebration enough? No way. One month doesn’t do you or your leadership any justice. Through their research, The Wallace Foundation consistently reaffirms the important role school principals play not just in student achievement, but in establishing and sustaining school culture. Effective and consistent leadership has an immeasurable impact on students, staffulty, and the entire school community. At AWSP, we are not only celebrating National Principals Month throughout October, but we are also calling this year “The Year of the Principal.” We believe there has never been a more important time in educational history than right now to call attention to the plight of our school leaders.

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