9/30/2019 8:17 AM
On September 27 and 28, the Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA) held its annual Legislative Assembly. The assembly is where new, old, and amended positions are put up for consideration for WSSDA members to vote on and rank in order of priority.
The 15 top-ranked positions will be combined to form WSSDA’s one-page priorities summary. The summary will be unveiled at the WSSDA Annual Conference in November and available online at wssda.org/priorities. WSSDA encourages school directors to share the priorities summary as they meet with legislators.
The first day of assembly is a time of learning and discussion with day two hosting the voting and ranking of legislative positions. Day one’s first session was a panel titled “2020 Legislative Insights.” The panelists were Melissa Gombosky representing the Association of Educational Service Districts; Dave Mastin, executive director of government relations for the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), and Dan Steele, assistant executive director of government relations for the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA).
After the panel discussion, three timely presentations were provided. The topics covered were changes in K-12 funding, the new school employee benefits system, and the next generation of high school graduation requirements. Presenters included representatives of WASA, OSPI, the State Board of Education; Washington Association for School Business Officials; and the Washington State Health Care Authority.
Day two of assembly saw nearly 120 legislative positions put up for review. To learn more about WSSDA’s advocacy platform visit wssda.org/positions.