Legislative Bill Tracker

Below are bills related to education that we are tracking during the 2017 legislative sessions. This page is updated weekly. For questions about our tracker, please contact us at info@educationvoters.org.

2017 Education bills


House bills that have passed out of their fiscal committee

Below are bills that have passed out of the House Appropriations Committee.

Summary Bill Lead Sponsors
Education Funding & Finance.
Delaying the reduction of local levy authority for one year.
1059 Lytton (D-40)

House Bills

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

Summary Bill Lead Sponsors Status
Assessments Standards & Curriculum.
Eliminating the high school science assessment as a graduation requirement.
1012 Taylor (R-15) In Committee
Assessments Standards & Curriculum.
Eliminates the certificate of academic and individual achievement.
1046 MacEwen (R-35) In Committee
Assessments Standards & Curriculum.
Developing statewide standards and providing professional development opportunities for paraeducators.
1115 – companion to SB 5070 Bergquist (D-11) In Committee
Assessments Standards & Curriculum.
Eliminates the certificate of academic and individual achievement.
1256 Young (R-26) In Committee
Assessments Standards & Curriculum.
Requiring development of a model ethnic studies curriculum.
1294 Ortiz-Self (D-21) In Committee
Assessments Standards & Curriculum.
Eliminates the requirement for educators to complete a ProTeach portfolio as part of obtaining a professional certification.
1341 Bergquist (D-11) In Committee
Assessments Standards & Curriculum.
Changing statewide assessment for high school to be the ACT for accountability purposes on a federal level.
1415 Taylor (R-15) In Committee
Compensation & Collective Bargaining.
Making union membership optional for some employees.
1006 Shea (R-4) In Committee
Compensation & Collective Bargaining.
Amending the exemptions which enable employees to opt out of making mandatory payments to labor organizations.
1007 Shea (R-4) In Committee
Compensation & Collective Bargaining.
Eliminating the reporting of school employee health benefit data to the Office of the Insurance Commissioner.
1042 Springer (D-45) Passed House Policy
Compensation & Collective Bargaining.
Concerning the calculation of years of service for non-teacher certificated instructional staff positions for salary allocation purposes.
1374 Dolan (D-22) Passed House Policy
Compensation & Collective Bargaining.
Providing an enhanced retirement benefit for public employees’ and teachers’ retirement system plans.
1484 Dolan (D-22) In Committee
Education Funding & Finance.
Funding education first.
1021 MacEwen (R-35) Passed House Policy
Education Funding & Finance.
Delaying the reduction of local levy authority for one year.
1059 Lytton (D-40) Passed House Fiscal
Education Funding & Finance.
Concerning capital budget for FY 2018 and 2019 including School Construction Assistance Program funding.
1075 Tharinger (D-24) In Committee
Education Funding & Finance.
Exempting school districts from the state portion of sales and use taxes on school construction.
1203 Young (R-26) In Committee
Education Funding & Finance.
Eliminating the reduction in state basic education funding that occurs in counties with federal forest lands.
1393 Walsh (R-19) Passed House Policy
Education Funding & Finance.
Suspending four-year balanced budget requirements in order to fulfill the state’s education funding obligations.
1438 Ormsby (D-3) Passed House Policy
Higher Education.
Reducing State Need Grant award for students attending private-four year institutions of higher education.
1033 Manweller (R-13) In Committee
Higher Education.
Eliminating the term “branch” as an identifying factor for extensions of the public institutions of higher education.
1107 Haler (R-8) In Committee
Higher Education.
Providing associate degree education to enhance education opportunities and public safety.
1129 – companion to SB 5069 Walsh (R-16) In Committee
Higher Education.
Making the customized training program permanent.
1130 Haler (R-8) In Committee
Higher Education.
Supporting student success at community and technical colleges by increasing full-time faculty.
1168 Gregerson (D-33) In Committee
Higher Education.
Enacting financial counseling and making interest rates comparable for student loans.
1169 Orwall (D-33) In Committee
Higher Education.
Eliminating pay disparity between tenure track and non-tenure track academic employees at community and technical colleges.
1179 Pollet (D-46) In Committee
Higher Education.
Reducing the State Need Grant award for students attending four-year institutions for the first two years.
1214 Hargrove (R-47) In Committee
Higher Education.
Concerning the flying of flags on campuses of Washington state institutions of higher education.
1220 Klippert (R-8) In Committee
Higher Education.
Modifying collective bargaining laws pertaining to academic employees at community and technical colleges.
1237 Sells (D-38) In Committee
Higher Education.
Creating new full-time tenure track positions at the state’s four-year public institutions of higher education.
1238 Pollet (D-46) In Committee
Higher Education.
Providing incentives for the use of open source instructional materials in higher education.
1253 Young (R-26) In Committee
Higher Education.
Witnessing a student’s College Bound Scholarship pledge when obtaining parent or guardian signatures are unsuccessful.
1293 Ortiz-Self (D-21) In Committee
Higher Education.
Creating an academic bill of rights.
1362 Manweller (R-13) In Committee
Higher Education.
Requiring community & technical colleges to include the cost of textbooks and other required materials in the course description.
1375 Van Werven (R-42) In Committee
Higher Education.
Implementing a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention and behavioral health in higher education.
1379 Orwall (D-33) In Committee
Higher Education.
Concerning the regulation of programs of yoga practice or instruction as private vocational schools.
1385 – companion to SB 5141 Stambaugh (R-25) In Committee
Higher Education.
Conducting a workforce study to provide educators with information for students about employment opportunities in certain fields.
1404 – companion to SB 5285 Tarleton (D-36) In Committee
Higher Education.
Creating the Washington next generation educational savings account pilot program.
1425 Kilduff (D-28) In Committee
Higher Education.
Decoupling services and activities fees from tuition.
1433 Stambaugh (R-25) In Committee
Higher Education.
Adding a faculty member to the board of regents at the research universities.
1437 Pollet (D-46) In Committee
Higher Education.
Regulating the institutions of higher education including for-profit institutions and private vocational schools.
1439 Pollet (D-46) In Committee
Higher Education.
Establishing a student loan bill of rights.
1440 – companion to SB 5210 Stonier (D-49) In Committee
Higher Education.
Providing an exemption from the false academic credential law for doctorate degrees awarded by a religious institution.
1442 Haler (R-8) In Committee
Higher Education.
Relating to the creation of a new opportunity scholarship account for professional-technical certificates and degrees.
1452 – companion to SB 5361 Holy (R-6) In Committee
Higher Education.
Relating to expanding higher education opportunities for certain students.
1488 Hansen (D-23) In Committee
Higher Education.
Creating protections and fairness for students in the student loan disbursement process.
1499 Pollet (D-46) In Committee
K-12 Education.
Allowing the use of gender-segregated facilities.
1011 Shea (R-4) In Committee
K-12 Education.
Addressing the siting of schools and school facilities.
1017 McCaslin (R-4) In Committee
K-12 Education.
Concerning military student participation in varsity extracurricular activities.
1023 MacEwen (R-35) In Committee
K-12 Education.
Allowing the administration of marijuana to students for medical purposes.
1060 – companion to SB 5290 Blake (D-19) In Committee
K-12 Education.
Requiring OSPI to develop an elective firearms safety and hunter education course for high school students.
1174 – companion to SB 5216 Muri (R-28) In Committee
K-12 Education.
Authorizing innovation schools.
1215 Hargrove (R-47) In Committee
K-12 Education.
Assessing physical education practices in public schools.
1235 Riccelli (D-3) In Committee
K-12 Education.
Requiring automated school bus safety cameras for every school bus.
1246 McCabe (R-14) In Committee
K-12 Education.
Establishing a grant program to promote confidence public speaking and leadership skills in students.
1254 Young (R-26) In Committee
K-12 Education.
Requiring certain guidelines to be in place regarding school safety drills.
1279 Pettigrew (D-37) In Committee
K-12 Education.
Tying career and technical education funding to general education funding.
1282 – companion to SB 5183 Tarleton (D-36) Passed House Policy
K-12 Education.
Requiring creation of a statewide school emergency panic button program.
1284 Lovick (D-44) In Committee
K-12 Education.
Improving language access for public school students and families.
1295 Ortiz-Self (D-21) In Committee
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.
1310 Manweller (R-13) In Committee
K-12 Education.
Improving and expanding applied learning opportunities in public schools.
1313 Pettigrew (D-37) In Committee
K-12 Education.
Concerning the frequency of evaluations for certain educators.
1319 McCaslin (R-4) In Committee
K-12 Education.
Requiring establishment of a systemwide credit policy regarding AP exams.
1333 Stambaugh (R-25) In Committee
K-12 Education.
Allowing school nurses to practice nursing without interference from school administrators.
1346 Springer (D-45) In Committee
K-12 Education.
Improving students’ mental health by enhancing nonacademic professional services.
1377 Ortiz-Self (D-21) In Committee
K-12 Education.
Concerning dual language in early learning and K-12 education.
1445 Ortiz-Self (D-21) In Committee
K-12 Education.
Improving language access for public school students and families with limited English proficiency.
1451 Orwall (D-33) In Committee
K-12 Education.
Promoting agriculture science education in schools.
1453 – companion to SB 5318 Blake (D-19) In Committee
K-12 Education.
Creating uniformity in driver training education provided by school districts and commercial driver training schools.
1481 Hayes (R-10) In Committee
K-12 Education.
Establishing the legislative-executive WorkFirst poverty reduction oversight task force.
1482 Sawyer (D-29) In Committee
Student Supports.
Requiring standards and assessments for educational interpreters.
1303 Stambaugh (R-25) In Committee

Senate Bills

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

Summary Bill Lead Sponsors Status
Accountability & Transparency.
Requiring integration of Native American curriculum developed by OSPI in teacher preparation programs.
5028 McCoy (D-38) In Committee
Assessments Standards & Curriculum.
Developing statewide standards and providing professional development opportunities for paraeducators.
5070 – companion to HB 1115 Bergquist (D-11) In Committee
Assessments Standards & Curriculum.
Allowing college placement tests to be used for high school assessment purposes.
5202 Baumgartner (R-6) In Committee
Assessments Standards & Curriculum.
Requiring establishment of a system wide credit policy regarding AP exams.
5234 Mullet (D-5) In Committee
Assessments Standards & Curriculum.
Requiring that cursive writing be taught in common schools.
5238 Warnick (R-13) In Committee
Compensation & Collective Bargaining.
Concerning the calculation of years of service for non-teacher certificated instructional staff positions for salary allocation purposes.
5283 – companion to HB 1374) Warnick (R-13) In Committee
Compensation & Collective Bargaining.
Amending the state salary allocation model for educators.
5297 Ranker (D-40) In Committee
Compensation & Collective Bargaining.
Addressing retired teachers working as coaches.
5310 Hunt (D-22) Passed Senate Policy
Early Learning.
Increasing high-quality early learning opportunities by reducing barriers and increasing efficiency.
5107 Billig (D-3) In Committee
Early Learning.
Concerning the DEL’s access to records to determine suitability of individuals in child care settings.
5246 Zeiger (R-25) In Committee
Early Learning.
Updating certain DEL mechanisms to reflect federal requirements legislative mandates and planned system improvements.
5247 Zeiger (R-25) In Committee
Early Learning.
Establishing a pilot project to license outdoor early learning and child care programs.
5357 Ranker (D-40) In Committee
Education Funding & Finance.
Delaying the reduction of local levy authority for one year
5023 Wellman (D-41) In Committee
Education Funding & Finance.
Providing for a simple majority of voters voting to authorize school district bonds.
5076 Mullet (D-5) In Committee
Education Funding & Finance.
Enacting an excise tax on capital gains to fund education.
5111 Braun (R-20) In Committee
Education Funding & Finance.
Funding education and other public services by narrowing tax preferences and redirecting existing revenue sources.
5112 Braun (R-20) Passed Senate Policy
Education Funding & Finance.
Funding education by modifying the business and occupation tax and providing small business tax relief.
5113 Braun (R-20) Passed Senate Policy
Education Funding & Finance.
Allowing schools districts to pay school board members a higher salary.
5115 Carlyle (D-36) Passed Senate Policy
Education Funding & Finance.
Establishing a carbon pollution tax with revenues directed toward education and other public services.
5127 Braun (R-20) In Committee
Education Funding & Finance.
Concerning a sales tax exemption for state and local governments public school districts and charter public schools on construction.
5166 Ericksen (R-42) In Committee
Education Funding & Finance.
Modifying the pupil transportation funding formula to address underfunded school districts.
5367 Becker (R-2) In Committee
Educator Quality and Compensation.
Changing explicit alternative routes to teacher certification program requirements to expectations for program outcomes.
5217 Zeiger (R-25) In Committee
Higher Education.
Requiring that student loan information be provided to students.
5017 Bailey (R-10) In Committee
Higher Education.
Providing information to students about education loans.
5022 Bailey (R-10) In Committee
Higher Education.
Providing associate degree education to enhance education opportunities and public safety.
5069 – companion to HB 1129 Walsh (R-16) In Committee
Higher Education.
Aligning eligibility for the college bound scholarship program with the state need grant program.
5074 Frockt (D-46) In Committee
Higher Education.
Concerning the evaluation and prioritization of capital budget projects at the public two and four-year institutions of higher education.
5087 Honeyford (R-15) Passed Senate Policy
Higher Education.
Requiring live financial literacy seminars for students at institutions of higher education.
5100 Bailey (R-10) Passed Senate Policy
Higher Education.
Concerning the regulation of programs of yoga practice or instruction as private vocational schools.
5141 – companion to HB 1385 Palumbo (D-1) In Committee
Higher Education.
Establishing a student loan bill of rights.
5210 – companion to HB 1440 Liias (D-21) In Committee
Higher Education.
Conducting a workforce study to provide educators with information for students about employment opportunities in certain fields.
5285 – companion to HB 1404 Wilson (R-17) In Committee
Higher Education.
Relating to the creation of a new opportunity scholarship account for professional-technical certificates and degrees.
5361 – companion to HB 1452 Bailey (R-10) In Committee
K-12 Education.
Concerning freedom of expression in school sponsored media of students at public schools and institutions of higher education.
5064 Fain (R-47) In Committee
K-12 Education.
Transitioning military student participation in extracurricular activities.
5117 Rolfes (D-23) In Committee
K-12 Education.
Concerning charter school students participating in inter-school athletics and extracurricular activities.
5129 Hunt (D-22) Passed Senate Policy
K-12 Education.
Concerning educational interpreters for students who are deaf deaf-blind or heard of hearing.
5142 Kuderer (D-48) In Committee
K-12 Education.
Eliminating the suspension and expulsion of K-2 students unless in specified circumstances.
5155 Billig (D-3) In Committee
K-12 Education.
Tying career and technical education funding to general education funding.
5183 – companion to HB 1282 Rolfes (D-23) Passed Senate Policy
K-12 Education.
Providing for career and technical education opportunities for elementary school students.
5206 Chase (D-32) In Committee
K-12 Education.
Requiring OSPI to develop an elective firearms safety and hunter education course for high school students.
5216 – companion to HB 1174 O’Ban (R-28) In Committee
K-12 Education.
Creating the civic learning public-private partnership.
5236 Zeiger (R-25) In Committee
K-12 Education.
Requiring  school districts to allow transfer credits for foster youth.
5241 Carlyle (D-36) In Committee
K-12 Education.
Allowing the administration of marijuana to students for medical purposes.
5290 – companion to HB 1060 Hobbs (D-44) In Committee
K-12 Education.
Creating a pilot project to provide middle school students academic support beyond the traditional school day.
5291 – companion to HB 1412 Pearson (R-39) In Committee
K-12 Education.
Promoting agriculture science education in schools.
5318 – companion to HB 1453 Hunt (D-22) In Committee
K-12 Education.
Clarifying the authority of a nurse working in a school setting.
5325 – companion to HB 1346 Zeiger (R-25) In Committee
K-12 Education.
Concerning students who receive special education services who earn certificates of individual achievement.
5348 Fain (R-47) In Committee
Student Supports.
Creating the Washington academic innovation and mentoring (AIM) program.
5258 Zeiger (R-25) In Committee

Joint Resolutions

Below are all education-related joint resolutions.

Summary Bill Lead Sponsors Status
K-12 Education.
Amending the constitution to provide for a system of publicly funded schools.
8200 Baumgartner (R-6) In Committee
K-12 Education.
Amending the Constitution to allow public schools that are not free from sectarian control.
8203 Miloscia (R-30) In Committee
Education Funding & Finance.
Amending the constitution to allow a simple majority of voters voting to authorize school district bonds.
8202 Mullet (D-5) In Committee