Today was a momentous day for students with disabilities in Olympia, as the State Senate unanimously approved two special education bills (SB 5532 and SB 5901) that support families, train teachers and increase funding.
The pair of bills passed back-to-back during a Saturday morning floor session. Taken together these bills show a strong, bipartisan commitment to addressing unmet needs and improving outcomes for students with disabilities in the state of Washington.
Here are statements from the prime sponsors of each bill.
From State Senator John Braun (R-Centralia) (SB 5532)
The state Senate today gave overwhelming support to a pair of bills intended to improve the delivery of special-education services in Washington’s public schools. Sen. John Braun, R-Centralia, is the prime sponsor of one of those measures: Senate Bill 5532, which focuses on policy changes to support families and equip teachers.