Government Relations

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Overview

Legislative decisions impact our everyday lives, from the classroom to the boardroom. By working together, the school districts across Capital Region ESD 113 have a stronger voice to influence those decisions. As the old saying goes, "If you're not at the table, you're on the menu."

Each year, we work with our districts to determine legislative priorities and develop messaging. We design materials to support the priorities and make them available for districts to use and share to tell their own story at a local level.

Legislative Platform

2024 Legislative Platform

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This 2024 Regional Legislative Platform was approved by the superintendents of the 44 public school districts and one tribal compact school served by Capital Region ESD 113 in Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, and Thurston counties.

Basic Education Staffing

Adequate school staffing leads to the increased well-being of students and staff and more effective learning outcomes.

With enough staff, schools can provide students with attention, support, and instruction in a safe learning environment.

Special Education Services

Despite recent funding increases, school districts continue to spend substantially more for special education and related services than they receive from the State. This unmet need forces districts to use unpredictable funding sources, like local levies,

To cover the excess costs. We request that the special education enrollment cap be eliminated, and the funding multipliers be increased to cover the true costs of providing a comprehensive education to our students who receive special education services.

Mental & Behavioral Health Services

Our students continue to struggle with heightened stress levels, anxiety, and social isolation. Many students are uninsured or underinsured and face barriers to seeking medical help. School-based mental and behavioral health services increase student access to the care they need. We appreciate the Legislature’s recent investments in social and emotional staff, but more work needs to be done to expand hiring these crucial positions and increase resources for relevant and essential staff training.

Rising Insurance Costs

Many districts received extraordinary premium increases for their general liability insurance policies after their budgets had been set. We ask the Legislature to provide assistance to school districts to meet these additional costs, and they should oppose policies that will lead to future premium increases.

Lobbyist Firm

The Nichols Group Government Relations
360-742-3500
Olympia, WA

Contact Us

 Kristen Jaudon
360-464-6715