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  • Retirement & Health Benefit Report for Feb. 1, 2019

    Fred Yancey & Mike Moran
    Feb 01, 2019
    The introduction of bills has slowed markedly as committees now focus on having public hearings. Then bills are moved out of their respective committees through action in Executive Session. February 22 (policy bills) and March 1 (fiscal bills) are the cutoff dates. Bills that have not advanced by then, ‘die’.
  • Legislative Update - Feb. 1, 2019

    Roz Thompson
    Feb 01, 2019
    What an amazing show of advocacy this week as 40 principals from across our state met with their legislators on Monday, January 28 for our annual “Day on the Hill”. We wore brightly colored plaid scarves in our AWSP colors which were noticed by many (that’s a good thing!) Rep. Mike Chapman from the 24th district even requested one for his scarf collection!
  • The Nature Principal

    Marty Fortin
    Jan 29, 2019
    After a recent talk from Richard Louv, Marty revisits an old magazine article talking about Louv's book, The Nature Principle, which outlines a course of action for human restoration by way of the natural world.
  • Jan. 25 Retirement & Benefits Report

    Fred Yancey & Mike Moran
    Jan 25, 2019
    The legislative river is running as close to 1,500 bills have been introduced since December’s prefiling. Included among those are a number of bills affecting pensions, health, and job benefits. Hearings and any resulting action moving bills out of committees have begun as both houses move toward the first cut-off date. This is a brief summary of bills of interest: Retirement Related Proposals
  • Jan. 24 School Employee Benefit Board Meeting Summary

    Fred Yancey
    Jan 25, 2019
    The School Employees’ Benefit Board met for an all-day meeting and covered, as usual a wide range of topics. (Read the full post for the whole summary)
  • AWSP News for January 23, 2019

    David Morrill
    Jan 22, 2019
    Welcome to another episode of AWSP News, where we discuss the new legislative session and the Tobacco 21 initiative, Vicki Puckett as the NASSP Quarterly Advocate, two amazing students who won $10,000 US SSSPenate Youth Scholarships, Evergreen Public School's "starting small" video featuring AWSL's James Layman, Central Valley High School's powerful Mental Health Awareness Day, our Future School Leaders Day and Future Educators Month, Rich Knuth Distinguished Mentor Award winner Heather Renner, the latest issue of Washington Principal and success of the Lopez Island Farm Education program video, the nomination window for the Robert J. Handy Most Effective Administrator Award, and Summer Conference registration.
  • Green Schoolyard Transformations

    Marty Fortin
    Jan 22, 2019
    Considering a school yard garden? Here are some tips.
  • St. Edward State Park Environmental Education and Research Center

    Marty Fortin
    Jan 17, 2019
    Here's an exciting opportunity to learn about plans for a new Environmental Education and Research facility in King county.
  • Two WA Students Selected for United States Senate Youth Scholarship Program

    David Morrill
    Jan 16, 2019
    The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) announces that high school students Ms. Zaira Bardos and Ms. Lexi J. Rodriguez-Padilla will join Senator Patty Murray and Senator Maria Cantwell in representing Washington in the nation’s capital during the 57th annual USSYP Washington Week, to be held March 2 — 9, 2019. Zaira Bardos of Orting and Lexi Rodriguez-Padilla of Sedro Woolley were selected from among the state’s top student leaders to be part of the 104 national student delegation who will also each receive a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate study.
  • Washington State Grants for Outdoor Education Initiatives

    Marty Fortin
    Jan 14, 2019
    Consider a grant to fund something new outdoors! Working with your staff, you may brainstorm an innovative approach using the outdoors to enhance your curriculum. Here is an opportunity to help fund that next great idea...

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