Coming up this week in Olympia

Before I go into the week before us, I wanted to let you know that the interview with Reps. Haler and Seaquist I wrote about yesterday is part of TVW’s “The Impact” ; the higher ed portion begins at 26:15. Here is the ridiculously long link — thank you Mr. DuPont for locating this!

Here’s what’s coming up this week, the second week of work at the Washington State Legislature.

JANUARY 17-21, 2011

This week Ann and Steve will have formal meetings with the following legislators/staff: Rep. Stanford, Fagan, Buys, Hargrove; Sen. White, Hill, Shin and staff, Maria Hovde.

This does not count the meetings in the hallways, the elevator, in the back of hearing rooms, at the latte stand, etc.

Monday, January 17

House Higher Education will hold a work session on institutional budget priorities.

Tuesday, January 18

Senate Higher Education & Workforce Development will hold a work session to review of tuition setting authority policies in various states and how those policies affect student access.

House Education will hold a work session on the following:

  • Quality Education Council – 2011 Report to the Legislature.
  • Achievement Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee.
  • High school assessments and high school graduation.

Senate Ways & Meanswill hold

a w

ork session and/or public hearing on the role of higher education in supplying talented individuals to meet the demands of the economy.

House Ways & Meanswill hold a public hearing on HB 1086, proposed changes to the current fiscal year, 2011 supplemental operating appropriations.
The hearing will be on the proposed substitute bill by Representative Hunter., who chairs this committee.

Wednesday, January 19

House State Government & Tribal Affairs will hold a public hearing on HJR 4200, which amends the state constitution to allow emergency clauses only by amendment to a bill and approved by 60 percent of each house of the legislature.

House Higher Education will hold a Work Session: New Ways of Learning and Teaching.

  • A New Paradigm: Video.
  • Teaching for the 21st Century: faculty panel.
  • New uses of technology in higher education.

Senate Higher Education & Workforce Development will hold a work session: that includes fiscal staff’s synopsis of the governors proposed higher education budget., with comments by the Council of Presidents, the Higher Education Coordinating Board, and the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.

Thursday, January 20

House Education will hold a work session on education governance, in light of Governor Gregoires proposal to consolidate governance of Early Learning, K-12, and Higher Education. The purpose of the work session is to inform members of the committee more about education governance issues. The work session will cover the following:

  • History of K-12 governance in Washington.
  • Overview of K-12 governance in other states.
  • Other education agencies and institutions.
  • School for the Blind.
  • Center for Childhood Deafness & Hearing Loss.
  • Department of Early Learning.
  • State Board for Community & Technical Colleges.
  • Higher Education Coordinating Board.
  • Council of Presidents.
  • National perspective on education governance.

House Higher Education will hold a work session on research and grant programs. Initially intended only to include research institutions, comprehensives’ representatives assured committee staff that comprehensives do indeed perform research. Ann Anderson will provide a short overview of CWU research (including references to Dave Darda’s I-90 crew, CHCI, the folks at NEHS, and others. Dr. Tim Melbourne will discuss work of the CWU geodesy lab.

Senate Early Learning & K-12 education will hold a work session on s”Standards, Assessments, and Accountability: The Washington Education Reform Experience.”

Bob Butts, OSPI Government Relations and Policy, and Jennifer Wallace, Executive Director, Professional Educator Standards Board, will brief the committee.

Friday, January 21

Higher Education & Workforce Development will hold a work session led by the UW and WSU regarding what the state can do to expedite and simplify the transfer of technology to the private sector.


About Linda Schactler

Linda is the former Director of Communications for the Washington State Senate, and former deputy director of the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board. From 2000 through 2010 Linda was the proprietor of Schactler Communications, an Olympia-based public affairs business. She holds a master of arts in English literature from Washington University in St. Louis. Linda can be reached at her Ellensburg office, 509-963-1384, or on her cell phone, 509-607-4103.
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