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  • Legislative Update for April 23, 2021

    Roz Thompson, Governmental Relations & Advocacy Director, AWSP
    Apr 23, 2021
    The final week of this year’s legislative session is about to come to a close. The last day is Sunday, April 25 and we are all anxiously awaiting final budget details. Earlier this week, there was a “handshake deal” between the House and the Senate on the operating budget. The staff has been working for the past few days to put the final bill together. It should be released on Saturday. It is usually the last bill passed before the Legislature adjourns.
  • Retirement & Health Benefits for April 23, 2021

    Fred Yancey | The Nexus Group
    Apr 23, 2021
    The biennial budget, worked out in secrecy, will supposedly be released after this report is due. Dollars drive or kill policies, so there may be some surprises in the agreed-upon document. Meanwhile, here is a brief report on bills that are still in play and/or that have changed status since previous reports.
  • Legislative Update for April 16, 2021

    Roz Thompson, Governmental Relations & Advocacy Director, AWSP
    Apr 16, 2021
    The focus was on floor action this week as legislators either agreed with changes made to bills in the opposite house (concurrence) or worked to resolve their differences. Several bills are still waiting on the final agreement and, of course, final behind-the-scenes budget negotiations are ongoing. Legislators are tackling a lot of big issues this session – from police reform to transportation to climate change, housing, and more. If you’re interested in some really good nonpartisan independent news about politics and policy in our state, check out the Washington State Wire.
  • Special Education and 504 Tips & Resources | April 16 Edition

    Abby Bowers, Director of Special Programs, Capital Region ESD 113
    Apr 16, 2021
    Weekly special education and Section 504 resources from Abby Bowers, Capital Region ESD 113's Director of Special Programs.
  • Retirement & Health Benefits for April 16, 2021

    Fred Yancey | The Nexus Group
    Apr 16, 2021
    Both houses are engaged in moving bills back and forth in order to get agreement from both bodies on a specific piece of legislation. A few policy bills are being heard until the end when policy bills that are NTIB will be heard and acted upon. Below is a report on the status of various bills that are still in play and/or have changed status since previous reports.
  • Legislative Update for April 9, 2021

    Roz Thompson, Governmental Relations & Advocacy Director, AWSP
    Apr 09, 2021
    It was a busy week of floor action in both the House and the Senate. There were several late-night sessions and the Legislature will be busy all weekend as lawmakers and staff work to pass any remaining bills out of the opposite house before cutoff on Sunday, April 11, at 5 pm. Any remaining bills or matters that are “necessary to implement budgets, differences between the houses, and matters incident to the interim and closing of the session” will continue to be addressed up until the final day (sine die) of this year’s session which is expected to be Sunday, April 25.
  • Retirement & Health Benefits for April 9, 2021

    Fred Yancey | The Nexus Group
    Apr 08, 2021
    Policy bills are being heard in their opposite houses and budget negotiations are going on behind closed doors. Bills that have been modified by the opposite house are sent back for action/reaction from the house of origin. After 5 PM on Sunday, the discussion is limited to specific topics: budget and revenue-related matters, matters of differences on bills between the two houses, and matters related to ongoing discussions. The goal is to close the session after adopting the state budget.
  • Happy National Assistant Principals Week

    Apr 05, 2021
    It’s a great time to honor the enormous contributions assistant principals make to student success. This year, our celebration takes on even greater significance as we recognize all that assistant principals have conquered amid the pandemic and consider what their ever-expanding and evolving role might look like moving forward. Through it all, our assistant principals have demonstrated unwavering leadership.
  • Legislative Update for April 2, 2021

    Roz Thompson, Governmental Relations & Advocacy Director, AWSP
    Apr 02, 2021
    This week marked a significant shift to budget discussions. Both houses released and started amending their supplemental budgets for 2021, operating budgets for 2021-23, capital budgets, and transportation budgets. Today is the deadline for fiscal committees to pass bills and read them into the record on the floor from both House and Senate fiscal committees. Ensuring that policy bills with fiscal notes kept moving, in addition to combing through and providing initial feedback on all of these budgets, has made for a very busy week for everyone.
  • AWSP News for April 2, 2021

    David Morrill
    Apr 02, 2021
    In this edition of AWSP News, we discuss National Assistant Principals Week, NAESP recognizing AWSP for the highest membership count and percentage in the country, the Washington State Legislature considering a budget request for Outdoor School, Roz's legislative update, AWSL's Summer Leadership Series, a chance to help a rock star AP Capstone student and a Phd Student, and the 2021 WASA/AWSP Summer Conference.

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