2017 End of Session Overview
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2017 End of Session Overview

Summary of Legislation passed by the Washington State Legislature that the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) tracked.

Below is a list of education related Legislation passed by the Washington State Legislature during the 2017 legislative session. In 2017, there was a Regular Legislative Session,1st Special Legislative Session, 2nd Special Legislative Session, and a 3rd Special Legislative Session.

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+ ESHB 1017 - School Siting

Provides that the Growth Management Act (GMA) does not prohibit a county planning fully under the GMA from authorizing the extension of public facilities and utilities to serve a school sited in a rural area under certain conditions.

Permits a public facility or utility extended beyond the urban growth area in order to serve a school to also serve a property or properties in addition to the school under certain conditions. Permits a county to site in the rural area a school that serves students from an urban area, even where otherwise prohibited by a multicounty planning policy, under certain conditions. Requires the amendment of any multicounty planning policy in which any county that sites a school in the rural area is a participant to include a policy that addresses the siting of schools in rural areas. Requires, for any county that sites a school in the rural area and that is also a participant in a multicounty planning policy, that the school districts in such a county participate in the county's periodic comprehensive plan updates.

Partial Veto: Vetoes the section that allows counties planning fully under the Growth Management Act to authorize the extension of public facilities and utilities to serve a school sited in a rural area that serves students from a rural area and an urban area.

ESHB 1017


+ HB 2243 - Siting of Schools

Provides that the Growth Management Act (GMA) does not prohibit a county planning fully under the GMA extending public facilities and utilities to serve a school located in a rural area that serves students from a rural area and an urban area, so long as certain requirements are met. Authorizes certain properties to connect to public facilities and utilities extended to a school located outside an Urban Growth Area (UGA). Directs DOC to submit report to the legislature in 2023 that addresses siting of schools in rural areas.

HB 2243


+ HB 1042 - School District/Educational Service District Reports

Eliminates the office of the insurance commissioner's school district or educational service district annual report.

HB 1042


+ ESHB 1115 - Paraeducators

Creates the Paraeducator Board with listed members and duties. Requires paraeducators to meet certain minimum employment standards by September 1, 2018. Creates a general paraeducator certificate; however, provides that paraeducators are not required to meet this requirement unless funding is provided for the requisite courses. Creates optional paraeducator subject matter certificates in special education and English language learner, and an optional advanced paraeducator certificate. Requires that teacher and administrator preparation and professional learning programs include content on working with paraeducators. Expands scholarship eligibility for paraeducators to become teachers. Specifies that the following are subject to funding by the Legislature: requires that courses on the state paraeducator standards of practice and those necessary to meet general certification requirements be provided to paraeducators by certain deadlines; creates grants to districts to pilot the state paraeducator standards of practice, and the paraeducator certificates and courses; requires training of current teachers and principals on how to work with paraeducators; requires a study on the effectiveness of paraeducators; and directs the incorporation of the paraeducator standards of practice into Community and Technical College programs.

Partial Veto: Vetos the section that expanded the alternative route programs to applicants seeking teacher certification with endorsements in subject matter shortage areas, as defined by the Professional Educator Standards Board.

ESHB 1115


+ 2SHB 1170 - Truancy Reduction Efforts

Makes a variety of changes with respect to school and court processes regarding truancy, including changes to: the timing of school conferences regarding unexcused absences; the application of the Washington Assessment of Risks and Needs of Students or other assessment; truancy petition contents; and court authority at the initial hearing and in instances in which the child fails to comply with a court order.

2SHB 1170


+ SHB 1235 - Physical Education Assessmentss

Requires all school districts, beginning in the 2018‐19 school year, to conduct an annual review of their physical education programs, and specifies numerous provisions the reviews must address. Requires school districts to submit the results of their reviews to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for analysis and website posting.

SHB 1235


+ SHB 1258 - Persons with Disabilities Present at Scene of Accident

Requires, subject to the availability of amounts appropriated for these purposes: (1) the Department of Health, in collaboration with other entities, to review existing programs and to design a training program that will familiarize first responders with the techniques, procedures, and protocols for best handling situations in which persons with disabilities are present at the scene of an emergency; (2) the Criminal Justice Training Commission, in collaboration with others, to examine existing training programs related to law enforcement response to an emergency where a person with a disability may be present, to ensure that those programs are consistent with best practices; and (3) the Adjutant General, in collaboration with other entities, to assess, among other things, the resources necessary to immediately display to first responders as part of the Enhanced 911 system that a person with a disability may be present at the scene of an emergency.

SHB 1258


+ SHB 1279 - School Safety Drills

Revises the list of nine safety‐related drills that schools must conduct per year by specifying that schools teach three basic functional drill responses: shelter‐in‐place, lockdown, and evacuation. Provides that these drills incorporate use of the school mapping information system and a pedestrian evacuation drill for schools in mapped tsunami hazard zones. Directs that schools maintain documentation of the drills, including type of drill, in the school office.

SHB 1279


+ E2SHB 1341 - Professional Certification Teachers & Principals

Makes professional certification optional by allowing teachers and principals to renew their residency certificates in five-year intervals by completing 100- clock hours.

Partial Veto: Section 5, which established the Professional Certification Collaborative, was vetoed.

E2SHB 1341

Changes following E2SHB 1341


+ SHB 1344 - Bond Levy Increase Period

Extends the period in which Thurston County may use a levy lid lift to increase bond levies from nine years to 25 years.

SHB 1344


+ SHB 1346 - Nurse in School Setting

Specifies that a registered nurse (RN) or an advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP) working in a school setting is authorized and responsible for the nursing care of students to the extent that the care is within the practice of nursing. Provides that a school administrator may supervise an RN or an ARNP in aspects of employment other than the practice of nursing. Provides that only an RN or an ARNP may supervise, direct, or evaluate a licensed nurse working in a school setting with respect to the practice of nursing.

SHB 1346


+ SHB 1444 - Progression and Graduation

Requires school districts to facilitate on‐time grade level progression and graduation for students who are homeless, at risk youth, or children in need of services in the same manner as children who are dependent according to specific court‐determined findings. Requires school districts to waive local graduation requirements and ensure the receipt of a diploma for students who are homeless, at‐risk youth, children in need of services, or dependent according to specific court‐determined findings if the student has enrolled in three or more districts as a high school student and has met state graduation requirements.

SHB 1444


+ SHB 1445 - Dual Language Early Learning & K-12

Directs the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to develop and administer the K‐12 dual language (DL) grant program to grow capacity for DL programs in the common schools and in statetribal compact schools. Specifies that the OSPI must facilitate DL learning cohorts for, and provide technical assistance and support to, school districts and state‐tribal compact schools establishing or expanding DL programs. Directs the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) to administer and oversee the bilingual educator initiative to recruit, mentor, prepare, and financially support bilingual high school students to become future bilingual teachers and counselors. Requires the OSPI and the PESB to submit, by December 1, 2019, a combined report to the Legislature that details the successes, best practices, lessons learned, and outcomes of the grant programs. Requires the Department of Early Learning to work with community partners to support outreach and education for parents and families around the benefits of native language development and retention, as well as the benefits of DL learning, create culturally responsive resources on DL learning, and support DL learning communities for teachers and coaches.

SHB 1445
Bilingual Educators Initiative


+ ESHB 1481 - Driver Education Uniformity

Requires a school district that offers a driver training education course to certify to the Department of Licensing (DOL) that it is operating a traffic safety education program that meets certain curriculum, instructor, record retention, and accuracy in reporting requirements. Requires the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the DOL to jointly develop and maintain a required curriculum for school districts and private driver training schools operating a traffic safety education program in consultation with the Central Washington University's traffic safety education program. Mandates that a school district that offers a traffic safety education program maintain certain specified records on program instructors. Requires the DOL to conduct audits of traffic safety education programs in consultation with the Superintendent of Public Instruction (Superintendent). Authorizes the DOL, in consultation with the Superintendent, to suspend a school's or school district's traffic safety education program certification in certain circumstances. Eliminates the requirement that private driver training school instructors retake an instructor licensing examination when renewing a license if certain conditions are met.

ESHB 1481


+ EHB 1594 - Public Records Administration

Requires the Attorney General to establish a consultation program to assist local governments with best practices for managing public records requests. Requires the Division of Archives and Records Management (State Archives) to provide training to local agencies on records retention practices and to establish a competitive grant program for local agencies to improve their information technology systems. Provides a $1 surcharge on county recorded documents for funding the State Archives local competitive grant program, consultation program, and local trainings on records retention practices. Requires a Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee report on the effectiveness of the competitive grant program, the consultation program, and the records retention training services, with recommendations whether those services should continue beyond 2020. Authorizes State Archives to conduct a feasibility study for establishing a statewide Internet portal for public records management.

EHB 1594


+ EHB 1595 -Public Records Request Costs

Authorizes agencies to charge for providing copies of electronically produced public records and sets a default fee schedule for such records. Authorizes a customized service charge for locating and preparing public records for exceptionally complex requests. Provides that a request for all or substantially all agency records is not a valid request for identifiable records under the Public Records Act. Allows agencies to deny frequent automatically generated requests for public records that would interfere with the other essential function of the agency.

EHB 1595


+ SHB 1641 - Homeless youth Health Care

Changes are made to provisions regarding consent for nonemergency outpatient primary care services for homeless students, consolidating these with other laws concerning consent for health care for minors in general.

SHB 1641


+ EHB 1654 - Teacher certification

Repeals the statute describing each of the alternative route programs in detail, and instead provides the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) with rulemaking authority with respect to the design of the alternative route programs, and specifies expected outcomes for the program. Requires a report from the PESB with respect to the alternative route programs beginning December 1, 2017, and every two years thereafter, and specifies the data that the report must include.

EHB 1654


+ 2E2SHB 1661 - Children, Youth, Families Department

Creates the department of children, youth and families. Creates the office of innovation, alignment, and accountability, within the office of the governor, with the primary duties and focus, until July 1, 2018, on developing and presenting a plan for the establishment of the department of children, youth, and families. Requires the office of the family and children's ombuds to establish the oversight board for children, youth, and families which will begin its work on or after July 1, 2019. Transitions, on July 1, 2018, the office of innovation, alignment, and accountability from the office of the governor to be an office within the department of children, youth, and families. Abolishes the department of early learning and transfers its powers, duties, and functions to the department of children, youth, and families. Transfers the powers, duties, and functions of the department of social and health services, pertaining to child welfare (including juvenile justice) services under chapters 13.34, 13.36, 13.38, 13.50, 13.60, 13.64, 26.33, 26.44, 74.13, 74.13A, 74.14B, 74.14C, and 74.15 RCW, to the department of children, youth, and families. Repeals the legislative children's oversight committee and transfers its duties to the oversight board for children, youth, and families.

2E2SHB 1661


+ ESHB 1677 - Local Infrastructure Funding

Modifies public works projects provisions with regard to local government infrastructure funding.

ESHB 1677


+ E2SHB 1713 - Children's Mental Health

Requires the Health Care Authority to coordinate mental health resources for Medicaid‐eligible children, maintain an adequate provider network, and require provider payment for depression screenings for youth ages 12‐18 and maternal depression screenings for mothers of children ages birth to 6 months. Requires behavioral health organizations to reimburse providers for providing mental health services through telemedicine. Requires the Department of Early Learning to establish a child care consultation program for children who present behavioral concerns or symptoms of trauma. Requires the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to establish pilot projects in two Educational Service Districts to deliver and coordinate children's mental health and substance use disorder services. Establishes one 24 month residency at the Washington State University for a resident specializing in child and adolescent psychology.

E2SHB 1713


+ SHB 1717 - Biometric Identifiers

Prohibits an agency from obtaining a biometric identifier without notice and consent, and from selling the identifier. Restricts agency use, sharing, review, and retention of biometric identifiers, and requires specific policies. Exempts biometric identifiers from disclosure under the Public Records Act.

SHB 1717


+ HB 1732 - Educator Professional Growth

Provides that the Professional Growth Plans in educator license renewals submitted through the electronic certification system in the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction are exempt from public inspection and copying.

HB 1732


+ HB 1734 - Reimbursement for Substitute teachers

Requires payments to school districts for substitutes needed because the Professional Educator Standard Board requested certificated or classified school district employees to serve on committees that further education in the state.

HB 1734


+ SHB 1741 - Educator Preparation Data for use by the Professional Educator Standards Board

Requires state‐approved educator preparation programs to collect, provide data to, and enter into datasharing agreements with the Education Research and Data Center (ERDC). Requires the ERDC to hold, analyze, and make the data on educator preparation available for research and monitoring by the Professional Educator Standards Board, state‐approved educator preparation programs, and other researchers with appropriate datasharing agreements.

SHB 1741


+ E2SHB 1777 - Early Learning Financing

Establishes the Early Learning Facilities Revolving Account and the Early Learning Facilities Development Account in the state treasury. Creates the Early Learning Facilities Grants and Loan Program for school districts and other eligible organizations to provide funds for the planning, renovation, purchase, and construction of early learning facilities.

E2SHB 1777


+ ESHB 1808 - Driving- Providing Support for Foster youth

Requires the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) to contract with a private nonprofit organization to work with independent living providers to provide driver's license support to foster youth. Mandates that the foster youth driver's license support provided include reimbursement of Department of Licensing license issuance fees, fees for a driver training education course, and motor vehicle liability insurance costs. Requires the nonprofit organization administering the program to report to the DSHS and the appropriate committees of the Legislature, including the transportation committees, by December 1, 2019.

ESHB 1808


+ SHB 1815 - Alleged Parent in Dependency Proceedings

Changes the existing definition of "parent" for purposes of child welfare proceedings to mean a biological parent, adoptive parent, or an individual who has established a parent‐child relationship through the Uniform Parentage Act, unless that person's parental rights have been terminated.

SHB 1815


+ SHB 1816 - Homeless Youth Information Sharing

Allows the Department of Social and Health Services to disclose confidential child welfare records to the Department of Commerce for youth admitted to crisis residential centers (CRC) or HOPE centers. Modifies certain administrative responsibilities related to CRCs and HOPE centers.

SHB 1816


+ E2SHB 1819 - Children's Mental Health

Requires the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) to: review rules, policies, and procedures related to documentation requirements for behavioral health services in order to eliminate or streamline duplicative or inefficient requirements; provide a single set of regulations for behavioral health agencies by April 1, 2018; coordinate audit activities with other entities to reduce the burden on behavioral health providers and change its audit methodology according to specific criteria; and by November 1, 2017, review paperwork and documentation requirements for social service specialists with the Children's Administration to eliminate inefficient or duplicative requirements.

E2SHB 1819


+ SHB 1867 - Extended Foster Care Transitions

Allows eligible youth to unenroll and reenroll in the extended foster care program once between ages 18 and 21. Requires the Washington State Institute for Public Policy to conduct a study related to extended foster care and issue a preliminary report by December 1, 2018, and a final report by December 1, 2019.

SHB 1867


+ ESHB 2224 - High School Graduation Requirements

Moves the ELA and Math HS assessments from 11th grade to 10th grade. Discontinues the collection of evidence objective alternative assessment. Adds new alternatives to demonstrate academic achievement such as completing dual credit courses or locally determined courses with qualifying assessments and expands opportunities to access interventions and academic supports. Establishes an expedited appeal process authorizing the Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI) to waive requirements for certificates of academic achievement (CAA) and certificates of individual achievement for qualifying students in the graduating classes of 2014 through 2018 who have not met standard on English language arts (ELA) assessments, mathematics assessments, or both. Adds specificity to High School and Beyond Plan requirements.

ESHB 2224 | Press Release

Bulletin 065-17 Expedited Waivers

Bulletin 075-17 Smarter Balanced Assessment


+ EHB 2242 - Basic Education Funding

Establishes a plan for enhancing the state’s program of basic education.

The Q&A on the Learning Assistance Program has been updated to assist districts as they implement the LAP High Poverty School Allocation.

EHB 2242
EHB 2242 Information and Analysis
EHB 2242 Frequently Asked Questions


+ ESB 5023 - School District Excess Levies

Delays for one year changes to the formulas for calculating school districts' maximum maintenance and operation levy authority, and corresponding local effort assistance. Requires districts to submit a report to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction detailing the programs and activities to be supported by a maintenance and operation levy prior to submittal to the voters for approval. Declares that enrichment beyond the state‐provided funding in the omnibus appropriations act for the basic education program components under basic education funding statutes is a permitted use of maintenance and operation levies. Requires school districts to establish a separate sub‐fund for levy revenues.

ESB 5023


+ 2SSB 5107 - Early childhood Education & Assistance

Adds school districts, institutions of higher education, and nonprofits as organizations that may contribute funds to the Early Start Account in order to expand access and eligibility in the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP). Provides that children enrolled in the ECEAP with funds contributed by community sources do not have to meet state ECEAP eligibility requirements and are not considered eligible for, or part of, the state‐funded entitlement.

2SSB 5107


+ SB 5129 - Charter Schools/athletics

Removes the statutory provision requiring the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) rules to limit charter school students participation in interschool athletic activities or other interschool extracurricular activities to those activities offered by the student's resident school district, unless approved by a nonresident school district or the WIAA.

SB 5129


+ SSB 5142 - Educational Interpreters

Allows educational interpreters who have not achieved the performance standard required by the Professional Educator Standards Board to provide or continue providing interpreter services to students for delineated periods of time if specific requirements are met. Modifies provisions governing the inapplicability of interpreter performance standards to other sign systems or languages. Requires the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, by December 1, 2017, to submit a report to the education committees of the Legislature regarding costs, associated timelines, and the feasibility of conducting or contracting for a peer review of the Educational Signed Skills Evaluation. Includes an emergency clause making all provisions effective immediately.

SSB 5142


+ ESB 5234 - Advanced Placement (AP) Exam Credit

Requires the institutions of higher education to establish a coordinated, evidence‐based policy for granting undergraduate credit for Advanced Placement exams. Requires the policy to be posted on campus websites effective for the fall 2017 academic term. Requires the institutions of higher education to conduct biennial reviews of the policy and report to the Legislature beginning November 1, 2019.

ESB 5234


+ SSB 5241 - Foster Care & Homeless Education

Modifies provisions governing school district requirements for the on‐time progression and graduation of qualifying dependent students, including requiring districts to consolidate partial credit and to grant partial credits in certain circumstances. Extends the provisions governing school district requirements for the on‐time progression and graduation of qualifying students to homeless students. Defines "homeless students" using a statutory cross reference. Directs the Superintendent of Public Instruction to adopt and distribute rules related to the modified school district requirements.

SSB 5241


+ 2SSB 5258 - Washington AIM Program

Establishes the Academic, Innovation, and Mentoring (AIM) program in statute to enable eligible neighborhood youth development entities to provide out‐of‐school time programs for youth ages 6 to 18 that include educational services, social emotional learning, mentoring, and linkages to positive, prosocial leisure, and recreational activities. Requires that the entities providing the AIM program meet certain requirements. Directs the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to report to the Legislature on the programs established, target populations, and pre‐testing and posttesting results.

2SSB 5258


+ SSB 5357 - Outdoor Early Learning programs

Establishes a 4‐year pilot project to license outdoor, nature‐based early learning and child care programs. Requires the Department of Early Learning to explore options for a quality rating and improvement system for outdoor preschools and provide recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature.

SSB 5357


+ SSB 5374 - State Employee Whistleblowers

Includes state whistleblower protection for reporting on prohibited ex parte communications between a state employee and a presiding officer or judge in a matter involving the employee's agency. Eliminates the requirement that reported misconduct must be investigated by the State Auditor in order to trigger whistleblower protection.

SSB 5374


+ SSB 5404 - Sunscreen Products at Schools

Excepts sunscreen regulated for over‐the counter use from the education law regulating administration of medication in public and private schools. Allows anyone to possess sunscreen while on school property, at a school‐related event or activity, or at summer camp. Specifies that a prescription or note of a licensed health care professional is not required if the product is regulated for over‐the‐counter use. Requires that a parent or guardian supply sunscreen for student use, and specifies that school personnel are not required to assist students in applying sunscreen.
1. On Thursday, May 4, 2017, Governor Inslee signed into law Senate Bill 5404 which exempts sunblock from being classified as a medication so children can use it on campus, at school-sponsored events, or during field trips. The bill went into effect immediately

SSB 5404


+ ESSB 5449 - Digital Citizenship

Requires the development of a model policy and procedures on electronic resources and Internet safety to better support digital citizenship, media literacy, and Internet safety in schools. Requires a survey of teacher‐librarians, principals, and technology directors to understand how they are currently integrating digital citizenship and media literacy education in their curriculum. Requires the creation of a web‐based location with links to recommended successful practices and resources to support digital citizenship, media literacy, and Internet safety.

ESSB 5449

Digital Citizenship and Media Literacy Resources


+ SB 5488 - Bilingual Instruction Report

Changes the date by which the Superintendent of Public Instruction must submit an annual report to the Legislature on the Transitional Bilingual Instruction Program from January 1 to February 1.

SB 5488


+ SSB 5605 - OSPI Background Checks

Aligns OSPI’s background check with DEL’s and creates a K-12 background check account.

SSB 5605


+ SB 5640 - Technical College Diploma Programs

Allows students who complete their associate degrees at a technical college to be awarded their high school diplomas.

SB 5640


+ SSB 5644 - Skill Center Facility Maintenance

Requires a host district of a skill center cooperative to maintain a separate capital account for minor repair and maintenance costs of the skill center. Requires participating school districts to make annual deposits into the account. Authorizes the host district to collect the deposits by charging participating districts an annual per‐pupil facility fee.

SSB 5644


+ SB 5662 - Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB)

Authorizes a designee of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI) to serve in place of the SPI on the Professional Educator Standards Board.

SB 5662


+ PSSB 5883 - Operating Budget

Making operating appropriations for the 2015-2017 and 2017-2019 fiscal biennia.

PSSB 5883


+ ESSB 5965 - Capital Budget Reappropriations

Making supplemental capital appropriations for the 2015-2017 fiscal biennium, making capital reappropriations for the 2017-2019 fiscal biennium, and making new appropriations for the school construction assistance program for the 2017-2019 fiscal biennium.

ESSB 5965


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