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Legislative Priorities

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Government Relations

Jenny Plaja

2021 Budget Priorities

Empower all Schools to Support the Whole Child

  • Modernize the outdated school funding model and increase the levels of school staffing who support the safety and social-emotional needs of all students.
  • Support statewide implementation of the multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) framework so all students will have access to tiered academic, social, emotional, and behavioral supports.
  • Expand educator access to professional learning that build inclusive instructional skills and their ability to teach all students in general education settings.

Support Students and their Families

  • Close the digital divide in K–12 learning by helping districts, families, and child care facilities acquire learning devices and secure internet connection services for students.
  • Increase statewide capacity to support students, families, educators, and community members in navigating the special education system.

Expand Access to Supports Aligned to Student Interests

  • Modernize high school mathematics curricula to provide students with diverse foundational skills crucial for modern careers aligned to their interests.
  • Support schools in creating the learning spaces needed for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education equipment for career and technical education (CTE) programs.

Create and Maintain Safe Learning Environments

  • Fund the School Seismic Safety Retrofit Program to help districts perform needed natural hazard evaluations and perform seismic retrofits on school buildings.
  • Support school districts that lack the financial resources needed to address long-standing and urgent concerns impacting safety, health, and comfort in school buildings.
  • Partner with local school districts to plan, construct, and renovate schools through the School Construction Assistance Program (SCAP).
  • Assist school districts and tribal compact schools that are not eligible to participate in SCAP.

Download OSPI’s 2021 Budget Requests one-pager.