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- Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K-12 public education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students. OSPI is housed in the Old Capitol Building in Olympia.
- Office of Education Ombuds (OEO): The Office of the Education Ombuds was established by House Bill 3127 which was approved by the Washington State legislature in 2006. The legislature placed OEO within the Office of the Governor to ensure its independence from the public education system.OEO resolves complaints impartially and confidentially and works with all parties involved to find collaborative solutions focusing on the best interests of students. Other functions of OEO include: collecting data and making public policy recommendations to elected officials, promoting family engagement in education and identifying strategies to close the achievement gap.
School Discipline Policy
HB 1541 is also known as the Opportunity Gap Bill
- Opportunity Gap Bill Summary – Summary of HB 1541 changes to discipline law, by League of Education Voters
- What Do Recent Discipline Changes under 1541 Mean for Washington Schools, Students, and Families? PowerPoint (PDF format) / Webinar (via YouTube)– Summary of HB 1541 changes to discipline law, by Office of Education Ombuds
- School Discipline: Recent Progress in WA State – History of progress in school discipline law prior to HB 1541, from OSPI School Discipline Taskforce Meeting on 10-10-16
- HB 1541 and Rulemaking Process – Summary of HB 1541 changes to discipline law, OSPI rulemaking process and OSPI areas of concern, from OSPI School Discipline Taskforce Meeting on 10-10-16
- Resources on Suspensions, Expulsions, and Discipline, from Office of Education Ombuds
- Student Discipline Taskforce – Taskforce is convened by OSPI
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
- ESSA Advocacy – Information about ESSA, advocacy opportunities and timeline, by OneAmerica
Funding of Public Education
- Anika Anand, What Does it Mean to Fully Fund Education?
- Josheph O’Sullivan, State pouring billions into schools, but are they ‘fully funded’? Districts say no
Seattle Public Schools Racial Equity Policy & Toolkit
- Reclaiming Students: the Educational and Economic Costs of Exclusionary Discipline in Washington State
- Pedro Noguera, What Discipline Is For: Connecting Students to the Benefits of Learning
- Double Check: A Framework of Cultural Responsiveness Applied to Classroom Behavior
- Vicki Nishioka, Eliminating Disparities in School Discipline
Racial Equity & Grantmaking
- Grantmaking with a Racial Equity Lens
- Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers: Putting Racism on the Table