2018 End of Session Overview
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2018 End of Session Overview

Below is a list of education related Legislation passed by the Washington State Legislature during the 2018 legislative session. 

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2018 End of Session Overview (PDF)

+ 2SHB 1293 - College bound scholarship/approval

Allows a school administrator or counselor to witness a student's CBS pledge if after multiple documented attempts by the Office of Student Financial Assistance (Office) and the school counselor or administrator to secure the signature of the student's parent or guardian, the signature is still not obtained. Prohibits a school counselor or administrator from witnessing a student's CBS pledge if the student's parent or guardian indicated that he or she did not want the student to participate in the CBS program. Beginning in the 2018-19 academic year, the office of student financial assistance shall make multiple attempts to secure the signature of the student's parent or guardian for the purpose of witnessing the pledge.

2SHB 1293


+ 2SHB 1377 - Student mental health

Requires first-class school districts to provide a minimum of six hours of professional collaboration time per school year for school counselors, school workers, and school psychologists with mental health professionals that focuses on recognizing signs of emotional or behavioral distress in students, beginning in the 2019-20 school year. Establishes the Professional Collaboration Lighthouse Grant Program, through August 1, 2020, to assist school districts with early adaption and implementation of mental health professional collaboration time. (Funding was not allocated for grants.)

2SHB 1377


+ E3SHB 1488 - Higher Ed opportunities

Expanding higher education opportunities for certain students (DACA status, U or T non-immigrant status, work permit or in deferred action status). Allows these students to be eligible for the College Bound Scholarship program.

E3SHB 1488


+ 2ESHB 1508 - Student meals & nutrition

Provided for one-time start-up allocation grants to each high needs school implementing Breakfast after the Bell program. By December 1, 2018, and as needed thereafter, OSPI must develop and distribute best practices and provide technical assistance to school districts on strategies for selecting food items that are low in added sugar. Beginning in the 2019-2010 school year, each high-needs school shall offer breakfast after the bell to each student and provide adequate time for students to consume. High-needs school from are not prevented from implementing a breakfast after the bell program before the 2019-2017school year. Before January 2, 2019, OSPI shall develop and distribute procedures and guidelines. OSPI and the Education and OFM Research Data Center shall provide data for the required analysis.

2ESHB 1508


+ 2SHB 1513 - Youth voter registration information

Authorizes a person to sign up to register to vote upon turning 16 years old, although such persons are not added to the official list of registered votes until age 18 old by the next election. The information is exempt from public records with exceptions until the individual reaches 18. Each year on "Temperance and Good Citizenship Day," social studies teachers must as resources allow organize a voter registration sign up in high school classes on Temperance and Good Citizenship Day. OSPI, in consultation with the secretary of state, must update and distribute youth voter registration materials annually, by December 1st, for eligible students to register to vote at school. OSPI must report on yearly progress beginning March 1, 2020 and annually thereafter.

2SHB 1513


+ SHB 1539 - Sexual abuse of students

OSPI is required to take lead in identifying and disseminating information for districts in coordination with DCYF and stakeholder groups, and review curricula and development of a prevention program. Effective July 1, 2018, OSPI and DCYF shall share relevant information. On or before June 30, 2019, OSPI must review existing curricula.

SHB 1539


+ HB 1561 - Open educational resources

Creates the open educational resources account in the custody of the state treasurer. Only the superintendent of public instruction or the superintendent's designee may authorize expenditures from the account.

HB 1561


+ E2SHB 1600 - Career and college readiness

Authorizes OSPI to contract with a statewide nonprofit organization with expertise in promoting and supporting work-integrated learning from early learning through postsecondary education to establish a matching grant program to fund projects implemented by local applicant schools. OSPI and Employment Security Department and the Workforce training and education coordinating board to convene a work-integrated learning advisory committee to provide advice to the legislature and the education and workforce sectors on creating opportunities for students. By November 15, 2020, and yearly thereafter, OSPI must provide an evaluation of the grant program to the governor and the education and economic development committees of the legislature. The advisory committee shall report its findings and recommendations to the SBCTC, SBE , WSAC, the education committees, and economic development committees of the legislature by July 1, 2022.

E2SHB 1600


+ 2SHB 1896 - Civics education

Establishes an expanded civics education teacher training program at OSPI with social studies teachers and civics education specialists from across the state who will be tasked with developing teacher training materials and providing PD. Requires each school district that operates a high school to provide a mandatory stand-alone course in civics by the 2020–21 school year. Directs OSPI to select two SDs that are diverse in size and in geographic makeup to serve as demonstration sites for enhanced civics education. Responsibility for administering the Washington History Day program is transferred to OSPI effective July 1, 2018 and OSPI shall (subject to funds appropriated) administer and coordinate the program.

2SHB 1896


+ SHB 2530 - Foster parent training

The parent or guardian of a child who is no longer a dependent child pursuant to chapter 13.34 RCW to choose to continue in the transitional foster care eligibility category for up to twelve months following reunification with the child's parents or guardian if the child was in foster care through the Department of Social and Health Services Department of Children, Youth and Families (DSHS-CA) or a federally recognized Indian tribe located in Washington, is under age 18, and meets eligibility requirements for medical assistance coverage.

SHB 2530


+ SHB 2282 - Net neutrality

Prohibits Internet providers from engaging in certain types of conduct in the provision of service. Requires Internet providers to make certain disclosures related to service.

SHB 2282


+ SHB 2367 - Child care collaboration task force

Department of Commerce shall convene and facilitate a child care collaborative task force to examine the effects of child care affordability and accessibility on the workforce and on businesses. First meeting by Sept. 1, 2018. Expires December 30, 2019.

SHB 2367


+ E2SHB 2595 - Automatic voter registration

Allows people who are 18 years or older who are applying for or renewing an enhanced driver’s license or ID to be registered to vote through an automatic process. The person must be given the opportunity to decline to register. (Effective 7/1/19) The agencies called to this task are the Health Benefit Exchange and Secretary of State.

E2SHB 2595


+ ESHB 2610 - School meal payment

Ensures that all schools make every attempt possible to identify a student through direct certification and categorical eligibility. Allows a principal, assistant principal, or school counselor to complete and submit a free and reduced-price meal application on behalf of students who are likely eligible for free or reduced-price meals after school staff have offered assistance to the parent or guardian. OSPI shall collect, analyze, and promote to school districts and applicable community-based organizations best practices in local meal charge policies that are required by the USDA. OSPI shall develop and implement a plan to increase the number of schools participating the USDA community eligibility provision for the 2018-19 school year and subsequent years. Until June 30, 2019, OSPI shall convene the organizations working jointly on the plan monthly to report on the status of the plan and coordinate outreach and technical assistance efforts to schools and SDs. Beginning in 2018, OSPI shall report annually the number of schools that have implemented the community eligibility provision to the Legislature by Sept. 1, of each year.

ESHB 2610


+ ESHB 2684 - Students/out-of-home care

School districts are encouraged to use any best interest determination guide and dispute resolution process developed by OSPI. Foster care liaison’s’ roles include coordinating with foster care education program staff at OSPI. Students are to remain in their school of origin until best interest determination are made.

ESHB 2684


+ SHB 2685 - High sch. preapprenticeships

Requires OSPI, in consultation with the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council, to examine opportunities for promoting registered preapprenticeship and registered youth apprenticeship opportunities for high school students and report to the Governor and the Legislature by November 1, 2018.

SHB 2685


+ SHB 2686 - High school and beyond plans

This bill has additional elements about dual credit and College Bound Scholarship to be given to students. Requires school districts to provide a HSBP to students’ parents or guardians in the top two non-English languages spoken by students in the district. Subject to funding, OSPI, in collaboration with stakeholders, must identify best practices for the HSBP by September 2019.

SHB 2686


+ ESHB 2700 - Child interview recordings

Bill adds definition of “child forensic interview” and adds protections against the disclosure of recordings of child forensic interviews to chapter 26.44 RCW (Child Abuse) and chapter 42.56 RCW (the Public Records Act).

ESHB 2700


+ E2SHB 2779 - Children mental health services

Reestablishes the Children's Mental Health Work Group through the year 2020. The Work Group must update the findings and recommendations reported to the Legislature by the 2016 Work Group by December 1, 2020. Directs the HCA and the DCYF to develop strategies for expanding home visiting. Requires the delivery of mental health instruction in two high school pilot sites. Beginning April 1, 2018, the PIT process will be expanded to include treatment for substance use disorder. By December 1, 2018, the DSHS must report the findings and recommendations of the advisory group to the Work Group. The HCA representative must convene at least two, but no more than four, Work Group meetings yearly. Effective July 1, 2020, and subject to funds appropriated for this purpose, the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Program at the UW must offer one additional 24-month residency position to a resident specializing in child and adolescent psychology. By November 1, 2018, the DCYF must: develop definitions, a strategy and collaborate with HCA.

E2SHB 2779


+ HB 2785 - Foster parent rights & responsibilities

Requires the department to provide the foster parent rights and responsibilities at foster parent orientation (prior to licensure) and at each renewal in addition to providing it to them at the time of licensure.

HB 2785


+ SHB 2822 - Service animal misrepresentation

Changes the definition of service animal in the state of Washington, and impose penalties on persons who intentionally misrepresent their pet or comfort animal as a service animal.

SHB 2822


+ SHB 2824 - OSPI & State Board of Education

Aligns specific powers, duties, and functions of OSPI and SBE whereby OSPI shall notify SBE in writing before initiating the development or revision of the essential academic learning requirements.

SHB 2824


+ EHB 2861 - Trauma-informed child care

Requires the DCYF establish one advisory group to develop a five-year strategy to expand training in trauma-informed child care for early learning providers statewide and reduce expulsions from early learning centers. The department submit the five-year strategy to the governor and the appropriate committees of the legislature in accordance with RCW43.01.036 by November 1, 2018.

EHB 2861


+ SB 5028 - Native American curriculum

Teacher preparation programs shall integrate the curriculum developed and made available free of charge by the OSPI into existing programs or courses and may modify that curriculum in order to incorporate elements that have a regionally specific focus.

SB 5028


+ SSB 5064 - Student freedom of expression

Students at public K-12 schools and institutions of higher education have the right to exercise freedom of speech and of the press in school-sponsored media, whether or not the media are supported financially by the school or by use of school facilities, or are produced in conjunction with a class.

SSB 5064


+ ESB 5917 - International exam credit policy

Institutions of higher education must establish coordinated evidence-based policies for granting as many undergraduate college credits as possible and appropriate for general education requirements or the equivalent to students who have successfully completed IB or Cambridge international courses and demonstrated mastery of college-level curriculum, as shown by the student’s examination scores or grades for those programs. Institutions must conduct biennial reviews of their policies and report noncompliance to appropriate committees of the legislature by November 1 of each year beginning in 2020.

ESB 5917


+ SSB 5996 - Workplace sex harassment disclosure

Makes it a violation of public policy for an employer to require an employee to sign a document that prevents the employee from disclosing sexual harassment or sexual assault incidents that occur during the course of employment.

SSB 5996


+ ESSB 6002 - Voting rights act

Establishes the Washington Voting Rights Act (Act) where a jurisdiction violates the Act when elections exhibit polarized voting and where there is a significant risk members of a protected class do not have an equal opportunity to elect candidates of choice as a result of dilution or abridgement of their rights.

ESSB 6002


+ SB 6115 - Tribal youth/residential custody

Amends RCW Chapter 72.05 to clarify the authority of DSHS to enter into inter-local agreements to provide residential custody services to youth adjudicated and sentenced by a court of any federally recognized Native American tribe located within the state of Washington.

SB 6115


+ SSB 6133 - CTE course equivalency opts

The development of CTE equivalency courses is changed from those courses with STEM content equivalent to academic mathematics and science courses to those CTE courses equivalent to academic courses in English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, arts, world languages, or health and physical education.

SSB 6133


+ SB 6134 - Alternative learning courses

Revises the definitions of remote course and site-based course for purposes of written student learning plans and alternative learning experience courses.

SB 6134


+ SB 6136 - AP computer science as math equivalent

Removes concurrent requirement of Algebra II for AP Computer Science to be counted as an equivalent to high school mathematics. Removes statute language requiring a student to be enrolled in Algebra II in order to receive credit for a mathematics equivalent in AP Computer Science.

SB 6136


+ SB 6159 – Underground storage tank program reauthorization

Changes the sunset date of the Underground Storage Tank Program from July 1, 2019 to July 1, 2029. As a result, the Department of Enterprise Services (DES) will continue to pay annual tank fees for underground storage tanks for an additional ten years at DES-owned facilities.

SB 6159


+ E2SSB 6162 – Dyslexia definition and requiring screening

Requires OSPI to reconvene a dyslexia advisory council. Beginning in the 2021-22 school year, each SD must use multitiered systems of support to provide interventions to students in K-second grade who display indications of, or areas of weakness associated with dyslexia. By September 1, 2019, OSPI must identify screening tools and resources and maintain on the agency website a list of screening tools. By June 1, 2020 the council must develop recommendations and report to OSPI. By January 15, 2022, the council must review SD implementation screenings. By June 1, 2021 OSPI must review the council’s recommendations and make available to SDs. By Feb 15, 2022, OSPI must review the council’s updated report. By Nov 1, 2022, OSPI must report to the house of representatives and senate information from the 2021-22 school year. Beginning 2018-19 school year as part of the annual assessment inventory, SDs must report the number of students and grade levels desegregated by student subgroups. SD may use LAP funding.

E2SSB 6162


+ SB 6210 - Tribal schools/retirement

Gives tribal compact schools the option to participate in the teacher’s retirement system, the school employee’s retirement system, or both. Just like TRS and SERS employers, tribal compact schools are required to adhere to reporting, contribution, and auditing requirements as well as consent to the jurisdiction of Washington State courts for the purposes of enforcing these requirements. The tribal compact school must also agree to make information that is provided to DRS.

SB 6210


+ SSB 6222 - Extended foster care eligibility

Eliminates the requirement for non-minor dependents to have been in foster care at the age of 18 to be eligible for EFC services. The maximum age of eligibility for EFC services is increased from 19 to 21 years of age for non-minor dependents whose dependency cases are dismissed by the court. Non-minor dependents may unenroll and re-enroll in, and foster youth may re-enter, the EFC program through a voluntary placement agreement an unlimited number of times if certain criteria are met.

SSB 6222


+ ESSB 6241 - School employees' benefits

Concerning the January 1, 2020 implementation of the school employees' benefits board program.

ESSB 6241


+ ESSB 6257 - Early intervention services

DCYF, in consultation with DEL, OFM, the Caseload Forecasting Council, legislative fiscal staff, and with advice and assistance from the state interagency coordinating council, must develop a funding model with which to determine the amount of annual allocations that shall be appropriated in the omnibus appropriations act after July 1, 2019 for early intervention services for children with disabilities from birth through two years of age, which DCYF oversees. It also requires DCYF to submit a final report by September 1, 2018 on the funding model, and any necessary statutory changes, to OFM and the fiscal committees of the Legislature.

ESSB 6257


+ 2SSB 6274 - Apprenticeships/foster, etc.

This bill seeks to expand Passport to College-like funding for apprenticeship programs to students who have experienced homelessness and foster care between the ages of 13 and 18. This bill allows the legislature to allocate funds for apprenticeship entrance requirements, occupational specific costs, and supportive services while the youth is completing the program. Service contracts will be held by the employment security department, and include K-12 services and supports. With substantial input from OSPI, DSHS, and families shall devise and implement procedures for efficiently, promptly, and accurately identifying students and applicants eligible for services.

2SSB 6274


+ SB 6287 - DCYF technical changes

Various technical corrections and clarifying amendments are made to statutes affected by the creation of DCYF to correct any oversights or errors in drafting and any conflicts between amendatory sections in the creation of DCYF and other 2017 legislation.

SB 6287


+ E2SSB 6362 - Modifying Basic Ed

Moves ahead the schedule for full funding of the increased state salary allocations for school employees to the 2018- 19 school year, rather than phasing in over two school years, and revises limitations on salary increases in the 2018-19 school year. Increases regional salary adjustments for districts west of the Cascade Mountains adjacent to a district with a regionalization factor more than one tercile higher. Adds an experience factor adjustment for school districts with above-average education and experience for Certificated Instructional Staff, beginning in the 2019-20 school year. Increases the special education excess cost multiplier from 0.9309 to 0.9609, and requires the Special Education State Oversight Committee to consider the high-cost needs of students enrolled in special education served by institutions. Bases the high-poverty Learning Assistance Program allocation on the three year rolling average of enrollments in free and reduced-price meal programs in a school.

E2SSB 6362


+ SSB 6388 - Paraeducators

By October 1, 2018 a SD that does not receive funding under Title 1 must report to the Paraeducator Board with specified information. A person working as a paraeducator for a school district before or during the 2017-18 school year must meet the requirements of subsection (2) of this section by the date of hire for the 2019-20 school year or any subsequent school year. A person who has not previously worked as a paraeducator for a school district must meet the requirements of subsection (2) of this section by the date of hire for the 2018-19 school year or any subsequent school year.

SSB 6388


+ SB 6404 - Child care background checks

This legislation transfers responsibility for conducting background checks for persons providing child care services from the Department of Social and Health Services to the DCYF. Currently, DSHS Economic Services Administration (ESA) processes all Family, Friend and Neighbor (FFN) background checks. Beginning July 1, 2018, DCYF will process all FFN background checks.

SB 6404


+ SB 6407 - Private management/child welfare

To further the goal of the Legislature to expand the coverage area of network administrators to encompass the entire state, DCYF must conduct one or more procurement processes, including issuing a request for proposals for expanded network administrator coverage on the east side of the Cascade Mountains by September 30, 2018.

SB 6407


+ SSB 6419 - Early childhood education & assistance

DCYF must adopt rules that allow the inclusion of children in ECEAP whose family income is above 110 percent of the federal poverty level if the number of such children equals not more than 25 percent of total statewide enrollment. Children who are over income must be homeless or impacted by specific developmental or environmental risk factors that are linked by research to school performance. Homeless means without a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence as set forth in the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.

SSB 6419


+ SSB 6452 - Child mental health consultation

HCA, in collaboration with University of Washington department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and Seattle children's hospital - shall implement a program to support primary care providers in the assessment and provision of appropriate diagnosis and treatment of children with mental and behavioral health disorders and track outcomes of this program; Beginning January 1, 2019, implement a two-year pilot program called the partnership access line for moms and kids; report on outcomes.

SSB 6452


+ SSB 6474 - Tribal compact schools pilot

The Office of Native Education (ONE) within OSPI must collaborate with each tribal education compact school participating in the pilot project. ONE must review any terms of the compacts that relate to the school’s pilot project. If appropriate, OSPI shall convene a government-to-government meeting with the tribal compact school for the purpose of revising the compact to reflect the terms of the pilot project. The pilot project shall expire August 1, 2023.

SSB 6474


+ SSB 6560 - Youth discharge/homelessness

DCYF and the office of homeless youth prevention and protection programs must jointly develop a plan to ensure that, by December 31, 2020, no unaccompanied youth is discharged from a publicly funded system of care into homelessness. The plan must specify actions that state agencies will need to take, any necessary statutory and funding legislative action, and the assignment of those specific state agency actions to effectuate all parts of the plan. By December 31, 2019, DCYF must issue the plan to the appropriate committees of the legislature and the governor.

SSB 6560


+ ESSB 6032– Fiscal Matters

Making supplemental operating appropriations.

ESSB 6032


SB 6095 - Concerning the Capital Budget

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