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ESHB 2261—2009’s Education Reform Bill

Education Reform Bill #2261 is now law - still takes action to implement it

The Education Funding Reform Bill of 2009, of the decade, ESHB 2261, became law in May 2009.

The Basic Education Finance Joint Task Force (a.k.a. BEF), a bipartisan group appointed by the Governor and charged with redefining basic education and developing appropriate funding structures, completed their work in January ‘09. This legislative Task Force proposed new solutions to fulfill the Washington Learns committee final report in the form of legislative bills for the state Legislature to take up in its Jan-Apr 2009 session.

The BEF work eventually led to, after several incarnation through the contentious 2009 legislative session, the engrossed Senate / House bill 2261 signed into final law in May.

The bill marks the first major change to the definition of basic education in over 30 years, with much of the work still to be done by the Work Groups created by the bill…especially in the areas of finding an adequate funding source for implementation and the evolution of teacher compensation / career professionalization.

· Outline of 2261 & Work Group Chart as passed by Leg. & signed by Gov. - by LEV / George Scarola

· Education Finance Reform (2261) Follow Up Tool, new resources from WSPTA.

Items related to the passage of ESHB 2261

May 07:  Times article the cost of ed reform — a 21st century education takes a 21st cent. $3.4B.

May 06: US Chamber report on state-by-state effectiveness of public education

               EOI PowerPoint of proposal on WA tax reforms to fund education reform

               McKinsey & Co. report on closing the achievement gap of school populations

               Levy equalization data from LEV regarding HB 1776 bill 1776 may resurface in Feb ‘10

Apr 24:   The new 2009-11 Operating Budget documents are available online.

· Letter from Sen. Tom - 48th LD  -  “...clarify some misconceptions about the legislation.”

· Letter to Ed Community from Sen. McAuliffe  -  I envisioned the day we would all do this together…”

· Letter from Sen. Jarret - 41st LD on the passage of 2261 and its policies.

· Email from WA State PTA’s Kim Howard summarizing the passage of 2261.

· LEV daily blog, Rep. Ross Hunter’s blog ed and  BEF Legislator’s Blog.

A 2009 Timeline of the Evolution from BEF in to HB 1410 / SB 5444 in to ESHB 2261

May 19: Governor Gregoire signed ESHB 2261 into law on May 20thThe bill marks the first major change to the definition of basic education in over 30 years, with much of the work still to be done by the Work Groups created by the bill…especially in the areas of finding an adequate funding source for implementation and the evolution of teacher compensation / career professionalization.

Just prior to signing, it was announced that the Governor exercised her right to veto two bill sections:

Veto 1)  The creation of a safety net for gifted education; Veto 2)  The Early Learning component of the bill

May 20: What’s Next for 2261 by Barbara McLain, Analyst, Office of Prog. Research, WA Hse. Of Reps.

May 19th: Governor Gregoire signed ESHB 2261 into law on May 20thEducation advocates, coalition partners and legislators witnessed the Governor sign HB 2261. The bill marks the first major change to the definition of basic education in over 30 years, with much of the work still to be done by the Work Groups created by the bill…especially in the areas of finding an adequate funding source for implementation and the evolution of teacher compensation / career professionalization.

Just prior to signing, it was announced that the Governor exercised her right to veto two bill sections:

Veto 1)  The creation of a safety net for gifted education: reason given was that the plan needs more work before it can be put into statute (this section was appended near the end of the bill process, so not too surprising)

Veto 2)  The Early Learning component of the bill: Gov wants a proposal brought back next session which would include the option of early learning for all children, not just those in poverty. This veto was an unexpected shock to many who had strongly supported this piece — expect there to be a strong coalition to continue on reinstating this component in the 2010 Session.

April 20th: ESHB 2261 passed out of the House 67 to 31 - the legislature moved on ed reform.

Bill ESHB 2261 as passed by Legislature; and Governor Gregoire’s Veto Message (Go to more info)

More on Monday April 20th’s passage of 2261 from WSSDA’s Dan Steele’s Report.

Voting ‘Yea’ on 2261 on Apr 20th: Reps. Anderson, Angel, Armstrong, Blake, Carlyle, Clibborn, Cody, Condotta, Dammeier, Darneille, Dickerson, Driscoll, Eddy, Ericks, Ericksen, Finn, Flannigan, Goodman, Grant-Herriot, Haigh, Haler, Herrera, Hinkle, Hudgins, Hunter, Hurst, Jacks, Kagi, Kelley, Kenney, Kessler, Kirby, Liias, Linville, Maxwell, McCoy, Miloscia, Moeller, Morrell, Morris, Nelson, O'Brien, Ormsby, Orwall, Parker, Pedersen, Pettigrew, Priest, Probst, Quall, Roach, Roberts, Rodne, Rolfes, Santos, Simpson, Smith, Springer, Sullivan, Takko, Upthegrove, Wallace, Walsh, Warnick, White, Wood, and Mr. Speaker.

Voting ‘Nay’ on 2261 on Apr 20th: Reps. Alexander, Appleton, Bailey, Campbell, Chandler, Chase, Conway, Cox, Crouse, DeBolt, Dunshee, Green, Hasegawa, Hope, Hunt, Johnson, Klippert, Kretz, Kristiansen, McCune, Orcutt, Pearson, Ross, Schmick, Seaquist, Sells, Shea, Short, Taylor, Van De Wege, and Williams

Apr 20th:  Legislators are considering one more education reform proposal:

· the Senate version SB 6048 —currently evolving with leadership from Sens. Oemig, McAuliffe and Jarret of the Senate Ed Comm.—leaves the definition of basic education to be done later, depending on when money is available, and how much — it’s still a lot up for grabs, but hopefully less so than previous weeks;

· the Governor is equivocating, hoping the Senate & House will allow her to …..

It’s up to all of us—parents, educators, taxpayers, businesses and community leaders must ensure our lawmakers make the right decision on behalf of children this legislative session!

Thu Apr 16:  Championed by Sens. McAuliffe, Jarret and Oemig, ESSB 2261 passed off the Senate floor today by a vote of 26 to 23 back to the House (now Passed 04/20 by concurrence vote!). 

· Response from WEA Pres. Lindquist to PTA Pres. Bay  -  ““...there would inevitably be issues on which we would not agree.”

· Letter to WEA Pres. Mary Lindquist from WA State PTA Pres. Bay  -  “...vested interests masquerading as concerned citizens…”.

Mar. 30th: New Budget Overview—K-12 Ed on pg 13. All Senate Budget docs here.

Spreadsheet of Senate’s K-12 Operating Budget for 2009-11; explore the worksheet tabs across the bottom, especially the ‘EstimatedDistSD’ tab to see how your school district may be impacted by the stimulus dollars.

Overview of the Senate Democratic Caucus operating budget press conference (TVW) in regards to education; though education was the last cuts by budget writers, each school district still to receive a 2.5—3 % cut:

· K-12 education would be cut by $877 million; 391 million in levy equalization cuts.

·  I-732 (teacher COLA) would be suspended; I-728 reduced over 90%.

· K-4 enhancement is cut.

· The Fed stimulus assumed to provide $410 million to backfill K-12 cuts.

· Attempt to restructure historically uneven funding between school districts.

· Higher education hit by substantial cuts up to $513 million. Tuition up 7% at 4-year universities, up 5% at community and technical colleges; an additional $45 million coming in to offset tuition increases.

2009-11 State Operating Budget Still to come: K-12 education being heard at the Ways and Means hearing Tuesday 1:30. On the House side, one public hearing is scheduled for the budget on Tuesday at 3:30.

March 30 WASSDA report by Dan Steele — more specifics of the budget impacts on Districts.

Senate Ed Comm, at the 1:30 pm executive meeting (TVW), voted in favor of passing ESHB 2261 out of the Senate committee (Hse added striker to turn it wholly into HB 2261). All agree much remains to be negotiated top reflect the intent and will of all the stakeholders and legislators.

Thu. Mar. 25: Governor Gregoire wrote legislators regarding current education reform — a comparison by LEV of Gov’s outline to the current bills HB-2261 and SB-6048; the Gov’s letter.

On March 19th: House Ed Appropriations Comm. heard public testimony on Senate bill ESB 6048; docs available to explain and contrast with HB 2261 are Conceptual Overview and Policy Comparisons. Links to the a bills’ legislative page: HB 2261 and SB 6048.

A call for decisive action in: Tacoma News Trib. op-ed, Seattle Times article ; Seattle PI op-ed

March 12th: Ed funding bill HB 2261 passes out of House!

House Bill 2261 passed with a bipartisan vote of 71 to 26 and will move on to the state Senate for consideration. The passage of HB 2261 leapt a huge hurdle for children and schools!

From LEV:  Please send a “thank you” message to the four House members, Rep. Pat Sullivan, Rep. Skip Priest, Rep. Ross Hunter and Rep. Glenn Anderson, who were the architects of HB 2261. The House members worked together to improve HB 2261 to include reforms that children need to succeed in college, job training and the workforce. A major piece was added as an amendment to HB 2261 by Rep. Hunter to strengthen Washington’s high school graduation requirements.

Speak up for education reform at your town hall this week!  View the list of Senate and House members who supported or opposed education reform legislation—thank you to yea voters!

March 9th: Ed funding bill SB 6048 passes out of Senate!  But with little fanfare — so devoid of substance that some ed funding supporters (and originators) voted against it. Intent is for the much stronger (but still underwhelming) House bill 2261 to push its development to be a true companion bill.

Wed Feb. 27: Report to WASSDA by Dan Steele—Overall update

Mon. Feb. 23: A must read - Report to WASSDA by Dan Steele on new SB 6048, following a public hearing.

BEF bills 1410 and 5444 are now in transition (OK, dead...) — new tentative bills are HB 2261 and SB 6048.

1:00 PM Feb. 18th:  Fast moving legislation of the past week is now replaced with companion bills by Rep. Sullivan, HB 2261, and Senator Oemig, SB 6048.

Core 24 high school hours, a modernized teacher compensation, and early learning funding are concepts struggling to be retained.  Any message that you send to your legislators could explicitly state that you want higher high school graduation requirements (Core 24), a reformed compensation model for paying teachers, and the investment in pre-K – all are at high risk of exclusion for multiple reasons (mostly voiced from ed unions).

These new bills may provide new hope. The bills may be empty, but the framework is intact, at this point.  If the bills pass with the framework, students may still win.  The next negotiations with the unions will probably revolve around what are the priority issues to tackle, and when and how to implement them.

This Friday Feb. 20th is the cutoff date for the House, and Feb. 25th is the cutoff for the Senate. A lot of work to do in a few days.  These new, place-holder bills were written such that they should pass through committee this round. Constituent pressure will keep the framework and issues alive.

Newest Ed Bills: Substitute Bill (APPE 09), HB 2261 and SB 6048

Keep up interest in transitioning the framework of BEF bills HB 1410 and SB 5444 -

Rep. Ross Hunter’s blog ed legislation progress  and  BEF Legislator’s Blog  and  LEV daily blog.

Fast moving legislation in February brought new bills by Rep. Sullivan, HB 2261 and Senator Oemig, SB 6048.

Rebuttals to viewpoints opposing the reform legislation in progress

· The FWS 2009 Manifesto - Barb Billinghurst & Byron Shutz

· WEA Distances Teachers from the Negotiating Table - Barb Billinghurst

· Teachers Should Bring Their WEA to the Negotiating Table - Barb Billinghurst

· Crossing The Line - a provocation; what’s your perspective? Byron Shutz

· A Rebuttal to WEA statements on HB1410 / SB544 - John Stokes.

· An Open Letter to Teachers from Rep. Ross Hunter - Feb. 15, 2009 (bill sponsor, BEFJTF member).

· Sen. Jarret’s FAQs on SB 5444 / HB 1410 - Senator Fred Jarret (bill sponsor, BEFJTF member).

· Sup. Kimball’s Note to Staff on Status of Ed Funding - LWSD Sup. Dr. Chip Kimball, Feb. 23, 2009.

· Open Letter to WA State Legislators from Superintendents of King/Pierce/Bainbridge - Jan 28th

 

More background info on the evolution and transformation of education reform in Washington State is available on the History of Funding K-12, the Basic Ed Finance Joint Task Force, more Basic Ed Finance Topics, and Basic Ed Finance Docs .

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