The 2019 legislative session began with much hope for students with disabilities, their families and their teachers.
Lawmakers and education leaders all seemed to agree that this would be the year we finally did something to address the needs of students with disabilities in our schools, particularly given our state’s very poor ranking – near the bottom nationally – in important special education measures.
And the State Senate did act decisively. It passed two bills unanimously, one focused on funding while the other focused on important policy changes.
That policy bill – co-sponsored by Sen. John Braun (R-Centralia) and Sen. Christine Rolfes (D-Bainbridge Island) and later amended by the House Education Committee (where it also passed unanimously) – supported specific programs with the aim of improving outcomes for students.
Sen. David Frockt (D-Seattle) spoke in strong support of the bill, describing the advocacy supports for parents as “really,