|Washington State Activity
New Discipline Plans for Washington Schools!
Check out this Education Lab article from the Seattle Times reviewing the new rules for discipline from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. The hearing on these rules are listed below.
Hearings on discipline rules:
Oct. 17, 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Educational Service District 101, Classroom 1, 4202 S. Regal St., Spokane
Oct. 30, 3-6 p.m.
Educational Service District 105, Klickitat Room, 33 S. Second Ave., Yakima
Nov. 7, 1-5 p.m.
Educational Service District 121, Cedar/Duwamish Room, 800 Oakesdale Ave., Renton
Nov. 13, 1-4 p.m.
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Brouillet Room, 600 Washington St. S.E., Olympia
The Mockingbird Society Summit
The Mockingbird Society held a Youth Leadership Summit entitled One United Voice for Change in August. Several YDEKC members attended and the youth presented 6 proposals for potential consideration:
- Expand Passport to College Promise Scholarship Eligibility
- Expand Long Term Housing Option for Homeless Minors
- Expand Affordable Housing for Young Adults Existing Transitional Housing
- Improve Access to Information about Legal Rights to Youth in Foster Care
- Improve Social Worker Support and Retention
- Expand Housing Option for Young Adults in Extended Foster Care
Lunching with Leaders with Tana Senn
YDEKC hosted a Lunching with Leaders event with Rep Tana Senn on September 28th at the Mercer Island Community Center. Rep Senn is a leader for Children, Youth and Families in the State legislature. She addressed the New Department for Children, Youth and Families and spoke to the work of the Children’s Mental Health work group.
Expanded Learning Opportunities Coalition
YDEKC is a member of the statewide Expanded Learning Opportunities that meets monthly to discuss advocacy for after school and summer programs and expanded learning. The coalition had a retreat in July and the advocacy agenda for 2018 will be finalized in the fall.
The Washington Coalition for Homeless Youth Advocacy held it’s annual convening on September 18th and will be also putting together the 2018 Advocacy priorities. Many issues were covered and Kim Justice from the WA Office of Homeless Youth was a guest speaker. One suggestion that stands out is the effort to create: FINS or Families In Need Support, that would offer supports to families in crisis with an emphasis in prevention efforts.