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  • Legislative Update for January 22, 2021

    Roz Thompson | AWSP Governmental Relations & Advocacy Director
    Jan 22, 2021
    Here in Olympia, there seems to be a constant stream of bills that will eventually have hearings dropping each day. There are also budget discussions taking place for how and when districts will receive the second round of federal dollars for K–12 education along with how the state funding will continue to support schools. And, we are hearing from President Biden there might be a third round of funding from the federal government. The short version, I believe, is that funding will be stable for next school year. How that all gets sorted out, however, remains to be seen. An important concern we’ve shared with legislators is making sure the dollars driven to specific programs that are dependent upon enrollment numbers like levy equalization (LEA), learning assistance (LAP), skills centers, institutional education, special education, hi-cap, and more, stay steady as well.
  • Special Education and 504 Tips & Resources | Jan. 22 Edition

    Abby Bowers | Director of Special Programs | Capital Region ESD 113
    Jan 22, 2021
    Weekly special education and Section 504 resources from Abby Bowers, Capital Region ESD 113's Director of Special Programs.
  • Retirement & Health Benefits for January 22, 2021

    Fred Yancey | The Nexus Group
    Jan 22, 2021
    Even though the Democrat leadership has asked members to limit the number of bills they introduce, clearly, they and their Republican counterparts didn’t listen. Even so, the reality, however, given that the session is an entirely virtual one, is that just a fraction of these bills will make it through the process compared to previous sessions.
  • Brilliance from Within

    James Layman, Director of Student Programs, AWSL
    Jan 21, 2021
    On Wednesday, January 20th, we witnessed the inauguration of a new president. Speeches, pageantry, fireworks, oaths, and traditions were on display as the symbolic exercise of welcoming a new president was on full display.   Of the noteworthy dignitaries and celebrities that were a part of the inauguration, maybe the most discussed was 22-year old Amanda Gorman. Amanda was the inauguration poet and read her poem, 'The Hill We Climb.' She was the youngest inauguration poet in our nation's poet. With poise, grace, power, and emotion, she captivated the country and the world as she invited us in to think, reflect, and look forward to what is possible.
  • Legislative Update for January 15, 2021

    Roz Thompson | Governmental Relations & Advocacy Director, AWSP
    Jan 15, 2021
    A very unusual session started this week, beginning with more somber opening day House and Senate sessions in which both houses voted on remote rules. Members who traveled to Olympia for the first day had to navigate terrible rain and tightened security measures to enter the Capitol. Committee hearings began on Tuesday and continued all week
  • Retirement & Health Benefits for January 15, 2021

    Fred Yancey | The Nexus Group
    Jan 15, 2021
    As the vaccines continue to make their presence felt to all, we still live in a COVID–19 world. The pandemic may well be on its way out, but until that time, the Washington State Legislature is operating in a “Zoom” world. This not only impacts how AWSP operates but also affects employers and present and future school retirees.
  • Special Education and 504 Tips & Resources | Jan. 15 Edition

    Abby Bowers | Director of Special Programs | Capital Region ESD 113
    Jan 15, 2021
    Weekly special education and Section 504 resources from Abby Bowers, Capital Region ESD 113's Director of Special Programs.
  • AWSP Principals Focus on Relationships, Leadership and Partnerships

    Dr. Randy L. Russell, Superintendent, Freeman School District
    Jan 13, 2021
    As a superintendent, and former assistant principal and principal, I admire and respect our AWSP principals and assistant principals. Why? Principals and assistant principals are committed to the students they serve! Principals and assistant principals are advocates for their staff members! Principals and assistant principals are tireless workers committed to making things better for their school community! These are just a few of the many reasons why our principals and assistant principals are so admired and respected.
  • Legislative Update for January 8, 2021

    Roz Thompson
    Jan 08, 2021
    The 2021 legislative session kicks off on Monday, January 11th and both the House and the Senate will convene for opening day and swearing-in ceremonies.
  • Special Education and 504 Tips & Resources | Jan. 8 Edition

    Abby Bowers | Director of Special Programs | Capital Region ESD 113
    Jan 08, 2021
    Weekly special education and Section 504 resources from Abby Bowers, Capital Region ESD 113's Director of Special Programs.

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