WGU, Differential Tuition, Capital, Highlight Upcoming Week

Happy end-of-week two. Only 91 days to go. Plus special session I mean sessions.

Next week our government relations crew will hold individual meetings with The following members of the House: Wylie, Seaquist, Tarelton, Appleton, Pollet, Smith and Fey. They’ll also see Senators Frockt and Baumgarther. When I say they will SEE these policymakers, that won’t happen if they blink. Legislators schedule meetings in 15-minute units. You have time to say hello and introduce yourself, mention something about your highest priority, then say thankyou as you back toward the door.  It is an art form.

We are still in the phase of session where most time is spent in committees educating committee members about their subject areas in work session. They also hear bill and budget ideas and pore over the very first budgets out of the gate, the Gregoire budgets. Here are some of the highlights for the coming week.

The House Capital budget committee will examine the construction recommendations in the Gregoire Budget, which was quite generous to CWU. The bill is HB 1089. The House  Higher Education committee will spend time learning about financial aid and student debt. They’ll also hold a hearing on HB 1043, which prohibits differential tuition for resident undergraduates.

The House Education committee will hear HB 1208, establishing the digital college in the high school pilot project. They’ll also get a refresher course on educator certification and hold hearings on

  • HB 1178 – Authorizing alternative assessments of basic skills for teacher certification.
  • HB 1252 – Establishing the Washington K-12 online professional development project.
  • HB 1304 – Authorizing approval of online school programs in private schools.

The Senate Higher Education committee will have a word session on “what industry needs from students and institutions of higher education. They’ll also get an overview of online education in public two-year and four-year institutions of higher education and they’ll see a demonstration of Western Governors University’s student portal.

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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 schactler@cwu.edu, 509-963-1384, or on her cell phone, 509-607-4103.
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