Status Summary

HB 1541 has been signed into law by the Governor.

Legislative Session

2016

Status

In Progress

Sponsor

Santos

HB 1541 is the companion bill to SB 6192.

HB 1541 was amended in the Approps committee.  The bill now includes the following:

Prohibits long-term suspension or expulsion as a form of discretionary discipline, limits all suspension or expulsion to the length of an academic term, and requires a reengagement meeting that includes the student's family.

Prohibits districts from suspending the provision of educational services as a form of discretionary action.

Requires districts to review, adopt, and disseminate discipline policies and procedures and encourages districts to train staff on the policies and procedures.

Requires a report on the outcomes of youth in the juvenile justice system.

Requires development of cultural competence training for all school staff and encourages this training for certain schools.

Requires teachers assigned to the Transitional Bilingual Instruction Program to be endorsed in Bilingual Education or English Language Learner beginning in 2019-20.

Requires collection of student data disaggregated by sub-racial and sub-ethnic categories, to be phased in beginning in 2017-18.

Requires posting and disaggregation of racial and ethnic data related to teachers and their average length of service

Requires the Department of Early Learning to create a community information and involvement plan to inform early learning providers of the Early Achievers program.

Establishes the Washington Integrated Student Supports Protocol (WISSP) to promote the success of students by coordinating academic and non-academic supports.

Creates a work group to determine how to implement the WISSP.

Makes changes to the Learning Assistance Program and the Center for the Improvement of Student Learning statutes.

The Senate adopted the following Ways and Means amendments with no amendments:

  • Adds that any imposition of discretionary and nondiscretionary discipline is subject to the bar on suspending the provision of educational services.
  • Adds that behavior that adversely impacts the health or safety of other students or educational staff is not included within the meaning of discretionary discipline.
  • Adds a provision stating that nothing in this section creates any civil liability for school districts or creates a new cause of action.
  • Adds subject to appropriations clauses to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s (1) development of a cultural competence outline for professional development and training, and (2) technical assistance and support to school districts regarding English language learner instruction.
  • Removes the provision that allows the integrated student supports protocol and services to be supported by the Learning Assistance Program.
  • Provides that school districts are not required to impose long-term suspension or expulsion for behavior that adversely impacts the health or safety of other students or educational staff and should first consider alternative actions. Restores the requirement for OSPI to develop a state menu of best practices for disruptive behaviors in the classroom.
  • Adds or restores subject to appropriations clauses to the following: (1) OSPI creation of a school district discipline training program; (2) OSPI led task force to review federal race and ethnicity reporting guidelines; (3) The Washington integrated student supports protocol (WISSP); (4) OSPI led work group for implementing the WISSP; and (5) The establishment of the Center for the Improvement of Student Learning at OSPI and the duties of the Center required.

Effect of floor amendment:

  • Adds that any imposition of discretionary and nondiscretionary discipline is subject to the bar on suspending the provision of educational services.
  • Adds that behavior that adversely impacts the health or safety of other students or educational staff is not included within the meaning of discretionary discipline.
  • Adds a provision stating that nothing in this section creates any civil liability for school districts or creates a new cause of action.
  • Adds subject to appropriations clauses to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction's (1) development of a cultural competence outline for professional development and training, and (2) technical assistance and support to school districts regarding English language learner instruction.
  • Removes the provision that allows the integrated student supports protocol and services to be supported by the Learning Assistance Program.
  • Provides that school districts are not required to impose long-term suspension or expulsion for behavior that adversely impacts the health or safety of other students or educational staff and should first consider alternative actions.
  • Restores the requirement for OSPI to develop a state menu of best practices for disruptive behaviors in the classroom.
  • Adds or restores subject to appropriations clauses to the following: 1. OSPI creation of a school district discipline training program; 2. OSPI led task force to review federal race and ethnicity reporting guidelines; 3. The Washington integrated student supports protocol (WISSP); 4. OSPI led work group for implementing the WISSP; and Code Rev/SCG:lel 36 S-5054.1/16 5. The establishment of the Center for the Improvement of Student Learning at OSPI and the duties of the Center required.

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