Legislative Update February 11th, 2015

Legislation Updates!

Here is a bill that may be of interest pertaining to school district bonds: HB1941 calling for a simple majority vote instead of the current 60% needed to pass.
Many thanks to our friends at Bellevue Special Needs PTA who have been providing detailed updates on bills relating to special needs students and families. This came from their recent legislative update by Sarah Butcher:
Legislation:
Restraint and Isolation:  HB 1240
For more information on the bill and upcoming hearings look here.  We are organizing parents, advocates and educators to attend in support. You can also write into your legislator with your comments.
Paraeducator Standards:  HB 1293 and SB 5179  
For more information on upcoming hearings or to send comments on SB 5179 look here.  For more information on upcoming hearings or to send comments on HB 1293 look here.
Special Education Commission
There will be legislation based on the recent report of the Office of The Education Ombuds.  We will notify you when the bill is dropped and we have need of specific action.
 
SEL Bill:  HB 1760 / SB 5688  
Providing Students With Skills That Promote Mental Health and Wellbeing and   Increase Academic Performance.  
For more information on upcoming hearings or to send comments on SB 5688 look here.  For more information on upcoming hearings or to send comments on HB 1760 look here.
There will be other bills that will impact Special Education students, we will update you on those as they come forward.
Opportunities
 
State Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC)  The SEAC helps to facilitate the provision of special education and related services.  They work on issues specifically related to special education in Washington.  They allow public comment in their meetings, generally at 3:30 pm.  Their next meeting is on February 4, 2015 in Olympia

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