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2021 House Bill 1153: Increasing language access in public schools
Introduced by Rep. Tina Orwall (Des Moines) (D) on January 12, 2021
Referred to the House Education Committee on January 12, 2021
Substitute offered in the House on February 12, 2021
Establishes four principles of an effective language access program for culturally responsive, systemic family engagement.
Referred to the House Appropriations Committee on February 15, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Tina Orwall (Des Moines) (D) on February 8, 2022
Requires school districts, charter schools, the state School for the Blind, and the Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Youth to designate a language access liaison to facilitate district compliance with state and federal laws related to family engagement and allows any language access coordinator to be the language access liaison.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on February 8, 2022
Received in the Senate on February 10, 2022
Referred to the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee on February 10, 2022
Referred to the Senate Ways & Means Committee on February 21, 2022
Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on February 28, 2022
Amendment offered in the Senate on March 2, 2022
Modifies the date by which implementation of a language access program is required from the 2022-23 school year to the 2023-24 school year. Removes language access liaison and language access program implementation requirements for school districts that have both fewer than 1,000 enrolled students and less than 10 percent English learner enrollment. Specifies that any activities provided by OSPI or PESB, rather than state-controlled activities, that are required to meet credentialing requirements must be made available at no cost to people who want to be interpreters.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on March 2, 2022
Amendment offered by Sen. Lisa Wellman (Mercer Island) (D) on March 2, 2022
(1) Removes requirements that school districts collect feedback from participants in each interpreted meeting and that school districts make the feedback publicly accessible twice per year. (2) Requires school districts, beginning in the 2023-24 school year, to provide an opportunity for participants in each interpreted meeting to provide feedback on the effectiveness of the interpretation and the provision of language access services.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on March 2, 2022
Received in the House on March 8, 2022
House concurred in Senate amendments. Passed final passage.
Signed with partial veto by Gov. Jay Inslee on March 23, 2022

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