Legislative Bill Tracker

Below are bills related to education that we are tracking during the 2016 legislative sessions. This page is updated weekly. For questions about our tracker, please contact us at info@educationvoters.org.

Bills signed by the Governor


Bills that became law without being signed by the Governor


Bills delivered to the Governor


Bills that have passed the fiscal committee in the opposite chamber


Bills that have passed the floor in their chamber of origin


Bills that have passed out of the fiscal committee in their chamber of origin


2016 Education bills


House bills that have been signed by the Governor

Below are Senate bills that have been signed by the Governor.

Bill Lead Sponsors Summary
1345 Lytton (D-40) Professional Learning.
Adopting a definition and standards of professional learning.
1408 Ortiz-Self (D-21) Family Engagement.
Concerning the development of a definition and model policy for Family Engagement Coordinator.
1541 Santos (D-37) Opportunity Gap.
Implementing strategies to close the educational opportunity gap.
1682 Fey (D-27) Homeless Students.
Improving educational outcomes for homeless students through increased in-school guidance supports housing stability and identification services.
1999 Kagi (D-32) Foster Youth.
Coordinating services and programs for foster youth to improve education outcomes.
2360 Lytton (D-40) K-12 Education.
Eliminating the Quality Education Council.
2476 Johnson (R-14) K-12 Education.
Concerning waivers from the one hundred eighty-day school year requirement.
2511 Pike (R-18) Childcare.
Concerning child care center licensing requirements.
2597 Orwall (D-33) K-12 Education.
Requiring school districts to include sexual abuse as a topic in plans addressing students’ emotional or behavioral distress.

Senate bills that have been signed by the Governor

Below are Senate bills that have been signed by the Governor.

Bill Lead Sponsors Summary
6195 Rivers (R-18) Education Funding.
Concerning basic education funding.
6245 Litzow (R-41) Vision Screenings.
Concerning visual screenings in schools.
6371 Litzow (R-41) Early Learning.
Concerning the definition of “agency” for purposes of early learning programs.
6455 Dammeier (R-25) Teacher Shortage.
Expanding the professional educator workforce.
6601 Frockt (D-46) Higher Education.
Creating the Washington college savings program.

Senate bills that became law without Governor’s signature

Below are Senate bills that became law without being signed by the Governor.

Bill Lead Sponsors Summary
6194 Litzow (R-41) Charter Schools.
Concerning public schools that are not common schools.
6354 Liias (D-21) Higher Education.
Adopting a higher education reverse transfer agreement plan.
6466 Habib (D-48) Higher Education.
Concerning student services for students with disabilities.

House bills that have been delivered to the Governor

Below are House bills that have been delivered to the Governor.

Bill Lead Sponsors Summary
1345 Lytton (D-40) Professional Learning.
Adopting a definition and standards of professional learning.
1408 Ortiz-Self (D-21) Family Engagement.
Concerning the development of a definition and model policy for Family Engagement Coordinator.
1541 Santos (D-37) Opportunity Gap.
Implementing strategies to close the educational opportunity gap.
1682 Fey (D-27) Homeless Students.
Improving educational outcomes for homeless students through increased in-school guidance supports housing stability and identification services.
1999 Kagi (D-32) Foster Youth.
Coordinating services and programs for foster youth to improve education outcomes.
2360 Lytton (D-40) K-12 Education.
Eliminating the Quality Education Council.
2476 Johnson (R-14) K-12 Education.
Concerning waivers from the one hundred eighty-day school year requirement.
2511 Pike (R-18) Childcare.
Concerning child care center licensing requirements.
2597 Orwall (D-33) K-12 Education.
Requiring school districts to include sexual abuse as a topic in plans addressing students’ emotional or behavioral distress.

Senate bills that have been delivered to the Governor

Below are Senate bills that have been delivered to the Governor.

Bill Lead Sponsors Summary
6194 Litzow (R-41) Charter Schools.
Concerning public schools that are not common schools.
6195 Rivers (R-18) Education Funding.
Concerning basic education funding.
6245 Litzow (R-41) Vision Screenings.
Concerning visual screenings in schools.
6354 Liias (D-21) Higher Education.
Adopting a higher education reverse transfer agreement plan.
6371 Litzow (R-41) Early Learning.
Concerning the definition of “agency” for purposes of early learning programs.
6455 Dammeier (R-25) Teacher Shortage.
Expanding the professional educator workforce.
6466 Habib (D-48) Higher Education.
Concerning student services for students with disabilities.
6601 Frockt (D-46) Higher Education.
Creating the Washington college savings program.

House bills that have passed out of the Senate fiscal committee

All bills must have passed out of the appropriate fiscal committee in the opposite chamber of origin by February 29, 2016. Below are House bills that have passed out of the Senate fiscal committee.

Bill Lead Sponsors Summary
1345 Lytton (D-40) Professional Learning.
Adopting a definition and standards of professional learning.
1408 Ortiz-Self (D-21) Family Engagement.
Concerning the development of a definition and model policy for Family Engagement Coordinator.
1541 Santos (D-37) Opportunity Gap.
Implementing strategies to close the educational opportunity gap.
1682 Fey (D-27) Homeless Students.
Improving educational outcomes for homeless students through increased in-school guidance supports housing stability and identification services.
1999 Kagi (D-32) Foster Youth.
Coordinating services and programs for foster youth to improve education outcomes.
2360 Lytton (D-40) K-12 Education.
Eliminating the Quality Education Council.
2476 Johnson (R-14) K-12 Education.
Concerning waivers from the one hundred eighty-day school year requirement.
2511 Pike (R-18) Childcare.
Concerning child care center licensing requirements.
2573 Santos (D-37) Teacher Shortage.
Concerning the shortage of public school teachers and substitutes.
2597 Orwall (D-33) K-12 Education.
Requiring school districts to include sexual abuse as a topic in plans addressing students’ emotional or behavioral distress.
2639 McCabe (R-14) School Safety.
Increasing the safety of school bus riders.
2851 Frame (D-36) Compensation.
Increasing compensation for school directors in districts enrolling twenty thousand or more students.

Senate bills that have passed out of the House fiscal committee

All bills must have passed out of the appropriate fiscal committee in the opposite chamber of origin by February 29, 2016. Below are Senate bills that have passed out of the House fiscal committee.

Bill Lead Sponsors Summary
6195 Rivers (R-18) Education Funding.
Concerning basic education funding.
6245 Litzow (R-41) Vision Screenings.
Concerning visual screenings in schools.
6354 Liias (D-21) Higher Education.
Adopting a higher education reverse transfer agreement plan.
6371 Litzow (R-41) Early Learning.
Concerning the definition of “agency” for purposes of early learning programs.
6408 Hill (R-45) Paraeducators.
Concerning paraeducators.
6455 Dammeier (R-25) Teacher Shortage.
Expanding the professional educator workforce.
6466 Habib (D-48) Higher Education.
Concerning student services for students with disabilities.
6601 Frockt (D-46) Higher Education.
Creating the Washington college savings program.

House bills that have passed the House

All bills must have passed their chamber of origin by February 17, 2016. Below are bills that have passed the House.

Bill Lead Sponsors Summary
1295 Hudgins (D-11) Nutrition Programs.
Concerning breakfast after the bell programs.
1345 Lytton (D-40) Professional Learning.
Adopting a definition and standards of professional learning.
1408 Ortiz-Self (D-21) Family Engagement.
Concerning the development of a definition and model policy for Family Engagement Coordinator.
1541 Santos (D-37) Opportunity Gap.
Implementing strategies to close the educational opportunity gap.
1682 Fey (D-27) Homeless Students.
Improving educational outcomes for homeless students through increased in-school guidance supports housing stability and identification services.
1855 Caldier (R-26) Graduation Requirements.
Waiving local graduation requirements for certain students.
1999 Kagi (D-32) Foster Youth.
Coordinating services and programs for foster youth to improve education outcomes.
2214 Reykdal (D-22) Assessments.
Streamlines assessment requirements for purposes of high school graduation.
2360 Lytton (D-40) K-12 Education.
Eliminating the Quality Education Council.
2366 Lytton (D-40) Education Funding.
Concerning basic education funding.
2394 Walsh (R-16) Early Childhood Education.
Creating the parent to parent program for individuals with developmental disabilities.
2429 Caldier (R-26) Assessments.
Concerning the provision of assessment results to students and their parents or guardians.
2476 Johnson (R-14) K-12 Education.
Concerning waivers from the one hundred eighty-day school year requirement.
2511 Pike (R-18) Childcare.
Concerning child care center licensing requirements.
2573 Santos (D-37) Teacher Shortage.
Concerning the shortage of public school teachers and substitutes.
2597 Orwall (D-33) K-12 Education.
Requiring school districts to include sexual abuse as a topic in plans addressing students’ emotional or behavioral distress.
2615 Pollet (D-46) Higher Education.
Improving student success at community and technical colleges by considering benefits of full-time faculty and staff.
2619 Haler (R-8) Higher Education.
Providing postsecondary education to enhance education opportunities and public safety.
2621 Kagi (D-32) Early Learning.
Concerning the department of early learning’s access to records and personal information for purposes of determining character and suitability of child care workers.
2639 McCabe (R-14) School Safety.
Increasing the safety of school bus riders.
2698 Lytton (D-40) Education Funding.
Delaying implementation of revisions to the school levy lid and local effort assistance.
2743 Reykdal (D-22) High School Graduation.
Concerning the issuance of a Washington state high school diploma.
2769 Senn (D-41) Higher Education.
Creating a pilot program for community and technical colleges to offer bachelor degrees.
2825 Frame (D-36) K-12 Education.
Concerning student services for students with disabilities.
2834 Senn (D-41) Foster Youth.
Concerning implementation of the homeless youth prevention and protection act of 2015.
2851 Frame (D-36) Compensation.
Increasing compensation for school directors in districts enrolling twenty thousand or more students.
2964 Gregerson (D-33) School Lunches.
Eliminating lunch copays for students who qualify for reduced-price lunches.

Senate bills that have passed the Senate

All bills must have passed their chamber of origin by February 17, 2016. Below are bills that have passed the Senate.

Bill Lead Sponsors Summary
6194 Litzow (R-41) Charter Schools.
Concerning public schools that are not common schools.
6195 Rivers (R-18) Education Funding.
Concerning basic education funding.
6243 Litzow (R-41) Social Emotional Learning.
Concerning a training program for educators and parents to develop students’ social and emotional skills to help prevent youth suicide.
6245 Litzow (R-41) Vision Screenings.
Concerning visual screenings in schools.
6273 Liias (D-21) K-12 Education.
Concerning safe technology use and digital citizenship in public schools.
6291 Braun (R-20) K-12 Education.
Authorizing the use of weighted grade point averages for accelerated courses.
6292 Braun (R-20) Education Funding.
Eliminates reduction in basic education funding resulting from federal forest land revenues.
6354 Liias (D-21) Higher Education.
Adopting a higher education reverse transfer agreement plan.
6371 Litzow (R-41) Early Learning.
Concerning the definition of “agency” for purposes of early learning programs.
6408 Hill (R-45) Paraeducators.
Concerning paraeducators.
6409 Bailey (R-10) Higher Education.
Creating administrative efficiencies for institutions of higher education.
6455 Dammeier (R-25) Teacher Shortage.
Expanding the professional educator workforce.
6466 Habib (D-48) Higher Education.
Concerning student services for students with disabilities.
6601 Frockt (D-46) Higher Education.
Creating the Washington college savings program.
6617 Frockt (D-46) Higher Education.
Concerning the University of Washington’s alternative process for awarding contracts.
6620 McAuliffe (D-1) School Safety.
Concerning a statewide plan for funding cost-effective methods for school safety.
6626 Bailey (R-10) Higher Education.
Creating a work group on accelerated baccalaureate degree programs.

House bills that have passed out of their fiscal committee

All bills must have passed out of their respective fiscal committee in the chamber or origin by February 9, 2016. Below are bills that have passed out of the House Appropriations Committee.

Bill Lead Sponsors Summary
1295 Hudgins (D-11) Nutrition Programs.
Concerning breakfast after the bell programs.
1345 Lytton (D-40) Professional Learning.
Adopting a definition and standards of professional learning.
1408 Ortiz-Self (D-21) Family Engagement.
Concerning the development of a definition and model policy for Family Engagement Coordinator.
1541 Santos (D-37) Opportunity Gap.
Implementing strategies to close the educational opportunity gap.
1682 Fey (D-27) Homeless Students.
Improving educational outcomes for homeless students through increased in-school guidance supports housing stability and identification services.
1855 Caldier (R-26) Graduation Requirements.
Waiving local graduation requirements for certain students.
1999 Kagi (D-32) Foster Youth.
Coordinating services and programs for foster youth to improve education outcomes.
2214 Reykdal (D-22) Assessments.
Streamlines assessment requirements for purposes of high school graduation.
2360 Lytton (D-40) K-12 Education.
Eliminating the Quality Education Council.
2366 Lytton (D-40) Education Funding.
Concerning basic education funding.
2389 Kagi (D-32) Child Care.
Concerning the definition of school-age child for purposes of school-age child care.
2394 Walsh (R-16) Early Childhood Education.
Creating the parent to parent program for individuals with developmental disabilities.
2429 Caldier (R-26) Assessments.
Concerning the provision of assessment results to students and their parents or guardians.
2476 Johnson (R-14) K-12 Education.
Concerning waivers from the one hundred eighty-day school year requirement.
2511 Pike (R-18) Childcare.
Concerning child care center licensing requirements.
2573 Santos (D-37) Teacher Shortage.
Concerning the shortage of public school teachers and substitutes.
2597 Orwall (D-33) K-12 Education.
Requiring school districts to include sexual abuse as a topic in plans addressing students’ emotional or behavioral distress.
2615 Pollet (D-46) Higher Education.
Improving student success at community and technical colleges by considering benefits of full-time faculty and staff.
2619 Haler (R-8) Higher Education.
Providing postsecondary education to enhance education opportunities and public safety.
2621 Kagi (D-32) Early Learning.
Concerning the department of early learning’s access to records and personal information for purposes of determining character and suitability of child care workers.
2639 McCabe (R-14) School Safety.
Increasing the safety of school bus riders.
2646 Ormsby (D-3) K-12 Pension System.
Addressing plan membership default provisions in the public employees’ retirement system the teachers’ retirement system and the school employees’ retirement system.
2671 Kagi (D-32) Early Learning.
Concerning the definition of “agency” for purposes of early learning programs.
2698 Lytton (D-40) Education Funding.
Delaying implementation of revisions to the school levy lid and local effort assistance.
2743 Reykdal (D-22) High School Graduation.
Concerning the issuance of a Washington state high school diploma.
2769 Senn (D-41) Higher Education.
Creating a pilot program for community and technical colleges to offer bachelor degrees.
2801 Hansen (D-23) Higher Education.
Expanding higher education opportunities for certain students.
2823 Parker (R-6) K-12 Education.
Creating a program to provide students and the community with the means to report anonymously concerning unsafe or violent activities or the threat of these activities.
2825 Frame (D-36) K-12 Education.
Concerning student services for students with disabilities.
2834 Senn (D-41) Foster Youth.
Concerning implementation of the homeless youth prevention and protection act of 2015.
2851 Frame (D-36) Compensation.
Increasing compensation for school directors in districts enrolling twenty thousand or more students.
2955 Hansen (D-23) Higher Education.
Creating the Washington free to finish college program.
2964 Gregerson (D-33) School Lunches.
Eliminating lunch copays for students who qualify for reduced-price lunches.

Senate bills that have passed out of their fiscal committee

All bills must have passed out of their respective fiscal committee in the chamber or origin by February 9, 2016. Below are bills that have passed out of the Senate Ways and Means Committee.

Bill Lead Sponsors Summary
6194 Litzow (R-41) Charter Schools.
Concerning public schools that are not common schools.
6195 Rivers (R-18) Education Funding.
Concerning basic education funding.
6218 Brown (R-8) Higher Education.
Creating the clean energy education program.
6233 Fain (R-47) Student Rights.
Concerning freedom of expression rights of students at public schools and institutions of higher education.
6243 Litzow (R-41) Social Emotional Learning.
Concerning a training program for educators and parents to develop students’ social and emotional skills to help prevent youth suicide.
6244 Litzow (R-41) Opportunity Gap.
Implementing strategies to close the educational opportunity gap.
6245 Litzow (R-41) Vision Screenings.
Concerning visual screenings in schools.
6259 Carlyle (D-36) Compensation.
Increasing compensation for school district superintendents in districts enrolling twenty thousand or more students.
6260 Hewitt (R-16) Adult Education.
Providing postsecondary education to enhance education opportunities and public safety.
6273 Liias (D-21) K-12 Education.
Concerning safe technology use and digital citizenship in public schools.
6291 Braun (R-20) K-12 Education.
Authorizing the use of weighted grade point averages for accelerated courses.
6292 Braun (R-20) Education Funding.
Eliminates reduction in basic education funding resulting from federal forest land revenues.
6332 Litzow (R-41) Teacher Shortage.
Concerning the shortage of public school teachers and substitute teachers.
6354 Liias (D-21) Higher Education.
Adopting a higher education reverse transfer agreement plan.
6370 Litzow (R-41) Early Learning.
Concerning the department of early learning’s access to records and personal information for purposes of determining character and suitability of child care workers.
6371 Litzow (R-41) Early Learning.
Concerning the definition of “agency” for purposes of early learning programs.
6408 Hill (R-45) Paraeducators.
Concerning paraeducators.
6409 Bailey (R-10) Higher Education.
Creating administrative efficiencies for institutions of higher education.
6429 McAuliffe (D-1) K-12 Education.
Creating the Sandman Act.
6455 Dammeier (R-25) Teacher Shortage.
Expanding the professional educator workforce.
6457 Bailey (R-10) Postsecondary.
Updating workforce investment act references and making no substantive changes.
6466 Habib (D-48) Higher Education.
Concerning student services for students with disabilities.
6512 Baumgartner (R-6) Financial Aid.
Requiring that a certain percentage of state need grant recipients be pursuing degrees in STEM subjects.
6601 Frockt (D-46) Higher Education.
Creating the Washington college savings program.
6617 Frockt (D-46) Higher Education.
Concerning the University of Washington’s alternative process for awarding contracts.
6620 McAuliffe (D-1) School Safety.
Concerning a statewide plan for funding cost-effective methods for school safety.
6626 Bailey (R-10) Higher Education.
Creating a work group on accelerated baccalaureate degree programs.
8213 Hill (R-45) Initiative to the People.
Requiring the legislature to enact a four-year balanced budget.

House Bills

Below are all education-related bills that have been introduced in the House.

Bill Lead Sponsors Summary
1295 Hudgins (D-11) Nutrition Programs.
Concerning breakfast after the bell programs.
1345 Lytton (D-40) Professional Learning.
Adopting a definition and standards of professional learning.
1408 Ortiz-Self (D-21) Family Engagement.
Concerning the development of a definition and model policy for Family Engagement Coordinator.
1541 Santos (D-37) Opportunity Gap.
Implementing strategies to close the educational opportunity gap.
1682 Fey (D-27) Homeless Students.
Improving educational outcomes for homeless students through increased in-school guidance supports housing stability and identification services.
1855 Caldier (R-26) Graduation Requirements.
Waiving local graduation requirements for certain students.
1865 Magendanz (R-5) Vision Screenings.
Concerning visual screenings in schools.
1999 Kagi (D-32) Foster Youth.
Coordinating services and programs for foster youth to improve education outcomes.
2214 Reykdal (D-22) Assessments.
Streamlines assessment requirements for purposes of high school graduation.
2295 Rossetti (D-19) Education Funding.
Eliminates reduction in basic education funding resulting from federal forest land revenues.
2323 Kilduff (D-28) Higher Education.
Creates the Washington Achieving a Better Life Experience Program.
2324 Van De Wege (D-24) Educational Interpretation.
Concerning K-12 Educational interpreters.
2325 Muri (R-28) Firearm Safety.
Requires SPI to develop firearm safety and education courses for high schools.
2329 Haler (R-8) Higher Education.
Requires forecasting additional educational attainment data.
2349 Haler (R-8) Higher Education.
Eliminating the term “branch” as an identifying factor for extensions of the public institutions of higher education.
2301 Hargrove (R-47) Higher Education.
Decreasing the maximum award amount under State Need Grant and College Bound Scholarship for a student’s first two years of postsecondary education.
2306 Sawyer (D-29) K-12 Education.
Prohibiting the use of racially offensive school names.
2360 Lytton (D-40) K-12 Education.
Eliminating the Quality Education Council.
2361 Lytton (D-40) Education Funding.
Delaying implementation of revisions to the school levy lid.
2366 Lytton (D-40) Education Funding.
Concerning basic education funding.
2389 Kagi (D-32) Child Care.
Concerning the definition of school-age child for purposes of school-age child care.
2394 Walsh (R-16) Early Childhood Education.
Creating the parent to parent program for individuals with developmental disabilities.
2409 Orwall (D-33) Special Education.
Increasing supports for special needs students.
2415 Pike (R-18) Postsecondary.
Establishing a pilot project to create and expand instructional worksite learning.
2429 Caldier (R-26) Assessments.
Concerning the provision of assessment results to students and their parents or guardians.
2451 Stambaugh (R-25) Postsecondary.
Requiring a statewide program to map track and improve partnerships between postsecondary education institutions and K-12 schools.
2476 Johnson (R-14) K-12 Education.
Concerning waivers from the one hundred eighty-day school year requirement.
2479 Lytton (D-40) Education Finance.
Investing in education by modifying Washington’s excise tax system by narrowing or eliminating tax preferences.
2488 Manweller (R-13) Student Rights.
Creating an academic bill of rights.
2511 Pike (R-18) Childcare.
Concerning child care center licensing requirements.
2546 Pollet (D-46) Higher Education.
Adding a faculty representative to the membership of the board of regents at the University of Washington.
2556 Hunt (R-2) Graduation Requirements.
Eliminating the certificate of academic achievement as a requirement for high school graduation.
2573 Santos (D-37) Teacher Shortage.
Concerning the shortage of public school teachers and substitutes.
2582 Bergquist (D-11) Higher Education.
Modifying provisions of the Washington advanced college tuition payment program.
2593 Kilduff (D-28) Higher Education.
Making community and technical colleges more affordable by eliminating the application fee for low-income students and reviewing placement testing fees.
2595 Ortiz-Self (D-21) K-12 Education.
Concerning safe technology use and digital citizenship in public schools.
2597 Orwall (D-33) K-12 Education.
Requiring school districts to include sexual abuse as a topic in plans addressing students’ emotional or behavioral distress.
2607 Magendanz (R-5) K-12 Education.
Concerning integrated student services and family engagement.
2608 Magendanz (R-5) Education Data.
Concerning student and teacher data.
2609 Magendanz (R-5) Cultural Competence.
Concerning educator cultural competence.
2615 Pollet (D-46) Higher Education.
Improving student success at community and technical colleges by considering benefits of full-time faculty and staff.
2619 Haler (R-8) Higher Education.
Providing postsecondary education to enhance education opportunities and public safety.
2621 Kagi (D-32) Early Learning.
Concerning the department of early learning’s access to records and personal information for purposes of determining character and suitability of child care workers.
2639 McCabe (R-14) School Safety.
Increasing the safety of school bus riders.
2643 Short (R-7) K-12 Education.
Concerning school district boards of directors adopting procedures to implement a policy.
2646 Ormsby (D-3) K-12 Pension System.
Addressing plan membership default provisions in the public employees’ retirement system the teachers’ retirement system and the school employees’ retirement system.
2657 Stokesbary (R-31) Educator Compensation.
Counting experience at a private school under the years of service calculation for classroom teachers.
2662 Kilduff (D-28) College Savings Plan.
Creating the Washington next generation educational savings account program.
2664 Cody (D-34) K-12 Education.
Eliminating some authority of school districts to exempt students from participation in physical education.
2669 Riccelli (D-3) K-12 Education.
Concerning PE instructional requirements for public school students.
2670 Young (R-26) Assessments.
Reforming the school assessment system to focus on teaching and learning.
2671 Kagi (D-32) Early Learning.
Concerning the definition of “agency” for purposes of early learning programs.
2680 Stambaugh (R-25) Higher Education.
Establishing the Washington open education pilot grant program for the four-year institutions of higher education.
2686 Sullivan (D-47) Higher Education.
Making the cost of textbooks and other college course materials more affordable.
2690 Sells (D-38) K-12 Education.
Creating a pilot project to provide middle and junior high school students strategic and intentional academic support beyond the traditional school day to promote accountability and responsibility.
2691 Pollet (D-46) Higher Education.
Concerning Central Washington University’s fifth year promise.
2692 Zeiger (R-25) Higher Education.
Creating a higher education performance funding incentive system.
2698 Lytton (D-40) Education Funding.
Delaying implementation of revisions to the school levy lid and local effort assistance.
2703 Klippert (R-8) K-12 Education.
Promoting responsible and productive citizenship.
2714 Rossetti (D-19) K-12 Education.
Preventing unfunded state mandates.
2727 Stokesbary (R-31) Teacher Retention.
Concerning teacher retention.
2728 Stokesbary (R-31) K-12 Education.
Establishing the reading coaches grant program.
2729 Stokesbary (R-31) Accountability.
Concerning school grading and choice.
2734 McCaslin (R-4) Assessments.
Changing high school science assessment requirements.
2742 Reykdal (D-22) Education Funding.
Modifying MSOC provisions applicable to library materials.
2743 Reykdal (D-22) High School Graduation.
Concerning the issuance of a Washington state high school diploma.
2755 Zeiger (R-25) Higher Education.
Creating administrative efficiencies for institutions of higher education.
2769 Senn (D-41) Higher Education.
Creating a pilot program for community and technical colleges to offer bachelor degrees.
2776 Klippert (R-8) School Safety.
Clarifying the authority of officers to restrain children when necessary.
2780 Young (R-26) Higher Education.
Making higher education more affordable by providing incentives for the use of open source instructional materials.
2796 Van Werven (R-42) Higher Education.
Providing students with the costs of required course materials during registration.
2801 Hansen (D-23) Higher Education.
Expanding higher education opportunities for certain students.
2820 Pollet (D-46) Higher Education.
Establishing the Washington promise program which provides for universal and affordable access to community and technical colleges for all Washingtonians.
2823 Parker (R-6) K-12 Education.
Creating a program to provide students and the community with the means to report anonymously concerning unsafe or violent activities or the threat of these activities.
2824 Sawyer (D-29) Charter Schools.
Promoting educational success in public schools.
2825 Frame (D-36) K-12 Education.
Concerning student services for students with disabilities.
2833 Young (R-26) K-12 Education.
Establishing a competitive educational grant program to promote confidence public speaking and leadership skills in students.
2834 Senn (D-41) Foster Youth.
Concerning implementation of the homeless youth prevention and protection act of 2015.
2837 Farrell (D-46) K-12 Education.
Establishing a legislative task force on common school class size in school districts with more than forty-five thousand students.
2851 Frame (D-36) Compensation.
Increasing compensation for school directors in districts enrolling twenty thousand or more students.
2858 Hunt (R-2) Developmental Disabilities.
Creating an office of the developmental disabilities ombuds.
2862 Rossetti (D-19) K-12 Education.
Preventing unfunded state mandates by requiring school district fiscal notes to identify revenue sources.
2867 Scott (R-39) Higher Education.
Authorizing conceal carry on campuses of institutions of higher education.
2868 Reykdal (D-22) CTE.
Concerning career and technical education materials supplies and operating costs.
2881 Pollet (D-46) Teacher Shortage.
Responding to the educator shortage crisis by increasing training recruitment and retention in order to enable Washington to lower class sizes.
2887 Haler (R-8) Higher Education.
Requiring a study concerning a state loan program for graduate students.
2889 Short (R-7) K-12 Education.
Concerning absences from the meetings of a school district board of directors.
2890 Haler (R-8) Higher Education.
Requiring each institution of higher education to adopt a plan to increase voter registration and voting in elections.
2911 Reykdal (D-22) Higher Education.
Decoupling services and activities fees from tuition.
2919 Riccelli (D-3) Assessments.
Creating a pilot program allowing the use of a nationally recognized college readiness assessment to meet high school graduation requirements and federal and state accountability purposes.
2921 Hickel (R-30) Teacher Shortage.
Expanding the professional educator workforce.
2947 Sullivan (D-47) Consolidating Educational Agencies.
Eliminating the office of the superintendent of public instruction and transferring its powers duties and functions to a new department of education.
2948 Santos (D-37) K-12 Education.
Creating the career and college-ready lighthouse pilot project.
2955 Hansen (D-23) Higher Education.
Creating the Washington free to finish college program.
2962 Moscoso (D-1) College Admission Tests.
Concerning payment for college admission tests.
2963 Moscoso (D-1) Assessments.
Concerning payment for end-of-course high school examinations.
2964 Gregerson (D-33) School Lunches.
Eliminating lunch copays for students who qualify for reduced-price lunches.
2965 Magendanz (R-5) Spending Transparency.
Concerning accountability and transparency in school district expenditures for the state’s program of basic education and for local purposes.
4415 Sells (D-38) Postsecondary.
Approving the 2016 state comprehensive plan for workforce training and education.

Senate Bills

Below are all education-related bills that have been introduced in the Senate.

Bill Lead Sponsors Summary
6161 Bailey (R-10) Higher Education.
Requires forecasting additional educational attainment data.
6163 Billig (D-3) Charter Schools.
Concerning the authorizing of district charter schools.
6182 McAuliffe (D-1) Graduation Requirements.
Delaying and potentially eliminating state assessments as a requirement for high school graduation.
6183 McAuliffe (D-1) Education Funding.
Concerning local school district levy authority.
6192 McCoy (D-38) Opportunity Gap.
Implementing strategies to close the educational opportunity gap.
6194 Litzow (R-41) Charter Schools.
Concerning public schools that are not common schools.
6195 Rivers (R-18) Education Funding.
Concerning basic education funding.
6218 Brown (R-8) Higher Education.
Creating the clean energy education program.
6232 Fain (R-47) K-12 Education.
Concerning the funding of civics education and campaign compliance.
6233 Fain (R-47) Student Rights.
Concerning freedom of expression rights of students at public schools and institutions of higher education.
6241 Billig (D-3) Compensation.
Increasing teacher salaries and strengthening teacher mentoring.
6243 Litzow (R-41) Social Emotional Learning.
Concerning a training program for educators and parents to develop students’ social and emotional skills to help prevent youth suicide.
6244 Litzow (R-41) Opportunity Gap.
Implementing strategies to close the educational opportunity gap.
6245 Litzow (R-41) Vision Screenings.
Concerning visual screenings in schools.
6259 Carlyle (D-36) Compensation.
Increasing compensation for school district superintendents in districts enrolling twenty thousand or more students.
6260 Hewitt (R-16) Adult Education.
Providing postsecondary education to enhance education opportunities and public safety.
6273 Liias (D-21) K-12 Education.
Concerning safe technology use and digital citizenship in public schools.
6291 Braun (R-20) K-12 Education.
Authorizing the use of weighted grade point averages for accelerated courses.
6292 Braun (R-20) Education Funding.
Eliminates reduction in basic education funding resulting from federal forest land revenues.
6298 Frockt (D-46) Homeless Students.
Enacting the homeless student stability and opportunity gap act.
6332 Litzow (R-41) Teacher Shortage.
Concerning the shortage of public school teachers and substitute teachers.
6353 Rivers (R-18) Education Funding.
Delaying implementation of revisions to the school levy lid.
6354 Liias (D-21) Higher Education.
Adopting a higher education reverse transfer agreement plan.
6368 Hobbs (D-44) K-12 Education.
Creating a pilot project to provide middle and junior high school students strategic and intentional academic support beyond the traditional school day to promote accountability and responsibility.
6370 Litzow (R-41) Early Learning.
Concerning the department of early learning’s access to records and personal information for purposes of determining character and suitability of child care workers.
6371 Litzow (R-41) Early Learning.
Concerning the definition of “agency” for purposes of early learning programs.
6407 Fain (R-47) K-12 Education.
Requiring recess time for children in grades kindergarten through five.
6408 Hill (R-45) Paraeducators.
Concerning paraeducators.
6409 Bailey (R-10) Higher Education.
Creating administrative efficiencies for institutions of higher education.
6415 Rolfes (D-23) Career & Technical Education.
Concerning career and technical education materials supplies and operating costs.
6429 McAuliffe (D-1) K-12 Education.
Creating the Sandman Act.
6431 Mullet (D-5) Educator Benefits.
Requiring a study of costs associated with maternity and paternity leave for K-12 teachers.
6432 Litzow (R-41) Student Well-Being.
Making provisions to evaluate student mental health services and provide students with skills that promote mental health and well-being and increase academic performance.
6453 Cleveland (D-49) Postsecondary.
Establishing a pilot project to create and expand instructional worksite learning.
6455 Dammeier (R-25) Teacher Shortage.
Expanding the professional educator workforce.
6457 Bailey (R-10) Postsecondary.
Updating workforce investment act references and making no substantive changes.
6458 Chase (D-32) Assessments.
Reforming the school assessment system.
6466 Habib (D-48) Higher Education.
Concerning student services for students with disabilities.
6469 Roach (R-31) K-12 Education.
Requiring that cursive writing be taught in common schools.
6473 Baumgartner (R-6) Assessments.
Creating a pilot program allowing the use of a nationally recognized college readiness assessment to meet high school graduation requirements and for federal and state accountability purposes.
6474 Frockt (D-46) Higher Education.
Requiring each institution of higher education to adopt a plan to increase voter registration and voting in elections.
6476 Roach (R-31) Assessments.
Reforming the school assessment system.
6481 Jayapal (D-37) Higher Education.
Establishing the Washington promise program which provides for universal and affordable access to community and technical colleges for all Washingtonians.
6512 Baumgartner (R-6) Financial Aid.
Requiring that a certain percentage of state need grant recipients be pursuing degrees in STEM subjects.
6515 O’Ban (R-28) Firearm Safety.
Requires SPI to develop firearm safety and education courses for high schools.
6516 Fraser (D-22) K-12 Education.
Recognizing the month of September as the month of the kindergartener.
6539 Chase (D-32) Higher Education.
Modifying the voter registration deadline for students at institutions of higher education. 
6549 Conway (D-29) Teacher Shortage.
Addressing the availability of retired teachers as substitutes.
6552 McAuliffe (D-1) Assessments.
Providing school districts with an assessment inventory tool to streamline the assessment system.
6560 Chase (D-32) High School Equivalency.
Requiring acceptance of additional high school equivalency tests.
6587 Liias (D-21) Higher Education.
Changing provisions relating to services and activities fees at institutions of higher education.
6588 Chase (D-32) K-12 Education.
Requiring music education in elementary schools.
6598 Rivers (R-18) Early Learning.
Concerning working connections child care eligibility for vulnerable children.
6601 Frockt (D-46) Higher Education.
Creating the Washington college savings program.
6604 Ericksen (R-42) State Revenue Generation.
Providing limitations in respect to tax raises and fee increases by the legislature.
6608 Liias (D-21) Higher Education.
Providing employers with a tax credit for providing employees with student loan repayment assistance.
6609 Liias (D-21) Higher Education.
Requiring a study concerning a state loan program for graduate students.
6610 Liias (D-21) Higher Education.
Establishing a student loan bill of rights.
6617 Frockt (D-46) Higher Education.
Concerning the University of Washington’s alternative process for awarding contracts.
6620 McAuliffe (D-1) School Safety.
Concerning a statewide plan for funding cost-effective methods for school safety.
6626 Bailey (R-10) Higher Education.
Creating a work group on accelerated baccalaureate degree programs.
6640 Mullet (D-5) Assessments.
Changing high school science assessment requirements.
6661 Rolfes (D-23) Career & Technical Education.
Concerning career and technical education materials supplies and operating costs.
8213 Hill (R-45) Initiative to the People.
Requiring the legislature to enact a four-year balanced budget.
8214 Chase (D-32) Income Tax.
Amending the Constitution to allow an income tax.