Here is a summary of the report Carolyn provided (via SKYPE and a written report) to the Executive Board at the meeting at CWU on March 16. As always, if you would like links to the bills or any other information, please let me know!
Some education policy bills have moved forward in both the House and Senate. From the Senate: accountability for third grade reading levels, changing expulsion procedures and grading schools on an A-F scale.From the House: closing the achievement gap and enhancing dropout prevention. Both moved bills to enhance academic acceleration and performance and the Governor's proposed commission on STEM learning.
With 2 billion dollars needed to meet the McCleary ruling, Carolyn is predicting talk about cuts (but not to education) and closing various loopholes and exceptions rather than tax increases. At this point the prototype school model that includes a teacher-librarian is still intact, but she is watching this closely.
Governor Inslee is ready to announce his 1 billion dollar funding increase proposal on Monday, March 18th and Carolyn will provide us details. Last week the House Republican Caucus unveiled their "Fund Education First" budget which increases K-12 spending by nearly 1 billion dollars over the previous biennium's spending level, with a focus on some spending for McCleary, phasing in all-day kindergarten and reducing K-3 class sizes.
Carolyn is also investigating current confusion about sales tax for digital products purchased for school libraries and students' use at school, a potential money- saver.
A suggestion was made at the meeting, with no legislative issue relating to TLs really needing our attention at this time, that considering the Washington State study of the positive impact of TLs be pursued.
Please let me know if you would like the links to the bills Carolyn is tracking, press releases, etc.
Sara Glass, Legislative Advocacy Chair
Peter G. Schmidt Elementary School
225 Dennis St SE
Tumwater, WA 98501
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