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2021 Senate Bill 5044: Concerning professional learning, equity, cultural competency, and dismantling institutional racism in the public school system
Introduced by Sen. Mona Das (Kent) (D) on January 11, 2021
Referred to the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee on January 11, 2021
Substitute offered in the Senate on January 20, 2021
Adds equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism to existing cultural competency standards and training for school board directors, district staff, and school staff.
Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on January 21, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. John Braun (Centralia) (R) on January 27, 2021
Requires school districts to provide at least one half- day of professional learning regarding special education that includes certain topics.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on January 27, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Phil Fortunato (Auburn) (R) on January 27, 2021
Makes the requirements on school districts regarding the use of equity, diversity, inclusion, antiracism, and cultural competency training materials only applicable to school districts that have institutional racism.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on January 27, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Chris Gildon (Puyallup) (R) on January 27, 2021
Requires the Washington State School Directors' Association to post online the recommended list of equity, diversity, inclusion, antiracism, and cultural competency training programs.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on January 27, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Brad Hawkins (Douglas County) (R) on January 27, 2021
Allows, instead of requires, school districts and educational service districts to use equity, diversity, inclusion, antiracism, and cultural competency training materials. (2) Allows, instead of requires, one professional learning day to be prioritized by school districts to focus first on providing equity, diversity, inclusion, antiracism, and cultural competency training.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on January 27, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Brad Hawkins (Douglas County) (R) on January 27, 2021
Allows members of the boards of directors to be ex officio members of the Washington state school directors' association if they do not pay dues. Specifies that ex officio members are not allowed to vote and have limited access to services.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on January 27, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Brad Hawkins (Douglas County) (R) on January 27, 2021
Makes membership to the Washington state school directors' association optional instead of mandatory.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on January 27, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Ann Rivers (Vancouver) (R) on January 27, 2021
Adds that the training programs identified for equity, diversity, antiracism, and inclusion must consider highly capable students. (2) Adds highly capable students when adapting instruction to students' experiences within the definition of "cultural competency.".
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on January 27, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Shelly Short (Addy) (R) on January 27, 2021
Requires the Washington State School Directors' Association, in consultation with the Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, and the Professional Educator Standards Board, to define measurable goals for dismantling institutional racism and post them online.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on January 27, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Shelly Short (Addy) (R) on January 27, 2021
Requires the Washington State School Directors' Association, the Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, and the Professional Educator Standards Board to define the terms equity, diversity, inclusion, antiracism, and cultural competency and post them online.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on January 27, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Keith Wagoner (Sedro-Woolley) (R) on January 27, 2021
Adds that the training programs identified for equity, diversity, antiracism, and inclusion must consider rural and underserved populations.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on January 27, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Keith Wagoner (Sedro-Woolley) (R) on January 27, 2021
Adds students with disabilities when adapting instruction to students' experiences within the definition of "cultural competency.".
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on January 27, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Judy Warnick (Grant) (R) on January 27, 2021
Adds references to Asian American curriculum, bias and stereotypes toward Asian Americans, and racism against Asian Americans.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on January 27, 2021
Adds equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism to existing cultural competency standards and training for school board directors, district staff, and school staff. Directs school districts to prioritize one of three professional learning days to focus first on these topics.
Received in the House on February 1, 2021
Referred to the House Education Committee on February 1, 2021
Referred to the House Appropriations Committee on March 26, 2021
Amendment offered in the House on April 11, 2021
Replaces the provisions of the underlying bill with provisions that: (1) Define the terms diversity, equity, and inclusion, and maintains the definition of cultural competency; (2) Direct the Washington State School Directors' Association (WSSDA) to develop cultural competency, diversity, equity, and inclusion (CCDEI) standards for school director governance; (3) Direct the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) to develop CCDEI standards of practice for preparation, continuing education, and other training of school district staff, as well as rubrics to evaluate the alignment of training and professional development programs and related materials with the CCDEI standards of practice.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on April 11, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Mike Steele (Chelan) (R) on April 11, 2021
Directs the Washington State School Directors' Association to provide to school directors and charter school board members reimbursement for any costs incurred to complete the governance training program on cultural competency, diversity, equity, and inclusion by the specified deadlines and at the required frequency.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 11, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Jim Walsh (Aberdeen) (R) on April 11, 2021
Changes the striking amendment by specifying that the governance training programs, programs of courses, requirements, and other activities leading to educator certification, and the school district staff opportunities for training, professional development, and professional learning may not contain, or instruct on, any of nine listed topics, for example: one race or sex is inherently superior to another, the United States is fundamentally racist or sexist, and any other form of race or sex stereotyping or scapegoating. Defines the terms "race or sex stereotyping" and "race or sex scapegoating".
The amendment failed 39 to 58 in the House on April 11, 2021.
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Amendment offered by Rep. Jim Walsh (Aberdeen) (R) on April 11, 2021
Encourages, rather than requires, school districts to use funding for one of the state-funded professional learning days, every other year, to provide to school district staff training on cultural competency, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 11, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Alex Ybarra (Grant County) (R) on April 11, 2021
Removes requirements for school district directors and charter school board members to complete a governance training program on cultural competency, diversity, equity, and inclusion by specified deadlines.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on April 11, 2021
Adds equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism to existing cultural competency standards and training for school board directors, district staff, and school staff. Directs school districts to prioritize one of three professional learning days to focus first on these topics.
Received in the Senate on April 20, 2021
Senate concurred in House amendment(s).
Signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on May 5, 2021

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