So a funny thing happened to the E-wire while we were down in Olympia meeting with legislators before the beginning of session. That funny thing would be slew of Education and PTA related bills (Educane? Edupaloza? Eduquake?) were pre filed and released at the close of business yesterday. This is likely to be happening over the next few days as legislators trickle down to Olympia in preparation for the 2014 Legislative Session which starts in a few days.
With that in mind, onto the Eduquake!
SB 5986 – Senator Doug Ericksen (Bellingham) – Changes the intent of Federal Forest Dollars to rural districts with a disproportionate amount of Federal Forest Lands. This bill would now consider the money generated from the Federal Government as grants in addition to required basic education funding that the state provides. At present, the money offsets the statutory baseline requirements for the district.
HB 2158 – Representative Haigh (Belfair) – Establishes dropout prevention, intervention, and reengagement services as a core service of Educational Service Districts and tasks them with developing programs and partnerships to that effect. The bill also would allow ESD’s to grant HS Credit for completion of courses eligible for credit from that program.
HB 2163 – Representative Paul Harris (Camas) - Bans the sale of dextromethorphan to minors under the age of 18 without a valid prescription.
HB 2165 – Representative Ruth Kagi (Shoreline) - Requires a child fatality review to be conducted by the Department of Early Learning if a child dies under the care of a licensed child care center or licensed child care home. The results of the review will be recommendations to the legislature on licensing practices and policies to prevent such incidents in the future.
HB 2166 – Representative Kristine Lytton (Anacortes) - Requires OSPI to begin collecting data on school children in military families in order to track student achievement and incorporate best practices for educational success.
HB 2167 – Representative Kristine Lytton (Anacortes) - Technical Correction Bill – changes date of implementation by which schools identified as “challenged schools” are identified.
SB 5982 - Senator Doug Ericksen (Bellingham) – Limits late start and early release days to no more than 7 per school year. Districts may apply for a waiver from OSPI for additional days, but will face a financial penalty.
SB 5984 – Senator Ericksen (Bellingham) – Bans the sale of children’s products or furniture which includes TDCPP. Exempts non-profit organizations from casual or isolated sale or purchase of used materials containing TDCPP.
SJR 8212 – Provides that the change in salary from the salary commission can only take place if the budget is passed on time during the regular legislative session of the odd numbered biennial budget year. Referendum Clause attached as it is a constitutional amendment.
HB 2164 – Representative Tina Orwall (SeaTac) - Adding a requirement for minors charged with possession of a firearm to attend aggression replacement therapy, functional family therapy, or other evidence based program.
The three new bills which Debbie Deibert & Co just released will be in tomorrow’s E-Wire. With that…
Onto the E-Wire!
Top story today is the retirement of a widely respected and beloved legislator, Senator Paull Shin.
Issaquah and Skyline High Schools are now offering an optional 7th Period
Eastside Catholic will “welcome” engaged drama coach
Despite the calls to arm teachers, most school districts are looking at other safety options
Challenges facing homeless students
Not earthquakes, nor floods, nor fires will stop students in most countries from doing their homework (Quite amazing photos)
Changing how we look at discipline
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/rulesforengagement/2014/01/new_federal_school_discipline_guidance_addresses_discrimination_suspensions.htmlAnd the WA State Board of Education looks deeper into continuing concerns http://blogs.seattletimes.com/educationlab/2014/01/08/state-board-to-discuss-monitoring-school-discipline-more-closely/
Portland School District offers budget toolkits for parents to participate in funding and spending discussions
As education goes more into the cloud, privacy concerns increase
Childhood Health – only 1 in 4 children meet the federal fitness standards
And more on Childhood Obesity intervention http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20140106/ARTICLES/140109829/1017/news0102?Title=Childhood-obesity-intervention-program-helping-local-kids&tc=ar#gsc.tab=0
Should Principals stop visiting classrooms?
AFT President Randi Weingarten opposes using Value Added Measures for Teacher Evaluations
No Child Left Behind is 12
Early Childhood Education gets a look from Congress
Portland Schools expand access to Vocational Education Opportunities
Dual Language Schools in Hillsborough
Next Generation Ag
The costs of not insuring kids
Child Protective Services to try new format with Family Assessment Response
Medicaid enrollees in Washington a success, expanding those using private insurance? Not so much
Freshmen lawmakers discuss priorities
Why open public records is a good thing
That’s it until tomorrow!