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    KIMA-TV coverage: Local educators talk school safety with state senator

KIMA-TV coverage: Local educators talk school safety with state senator

May 23rd, 2018|

YAKIMA, Wash. – Washington Senator Lisa Wellman is speaking with local educators about ways to improve school safety.

Wellman said she wants to find out what’s working, what isn’t and what else needs to be done.
“It is about guns and physical safety but it is also about the fact that we have 30,000 kids in the United States committing suicide,” she said.

Wellman said they want teachers to be aware of the kids who are feeling like outsiders in their schools and what can be done to help them feel included in the community.

Read more of this report from KIMA-TV in Yakima here.

Wellman’s statewide tour to focus on school safety

May 21st, 2018|

OLYMPIA – Sen. Lisa Wellman, D-Mercer Island, began a tour of all nine Educational Service Districts in the state on Monday to meet with educators and discuss strategies to improve school safety, student outcomes and digital parity.

Wellman, chair of the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee, met with school officials in Pasco Monday. Over the next two weeks, she will make stops in Yakima, Wenatchee, Vancouver, Tumwater, Bremerton, Renton, Anacortes and Spokane. Local officials and Senate staff will join Wellman at each ESD.

“Obviously, school safety is paramount in everyone’s mind right now and these meetings will give the Legislature valuable insight into what’s working and what can be improved in each unique area of our state,” Wellman said. “We also plan to focus on kindergarten readiness, career connected learning and broadband access. Our schools need to work for each and every child.”

Earlier this year, the Legislature increased K-12 funding by nearly $1 billion, the final step to bring Washington into compliance with a state Supreme Court mandate on basic education funding. In January, the Legislature also made the largest ever investment in school construction through the passage of the 2017-19 Capital Budget. Wellman said she is excited to now focus her committee’s work on key emerging needs in the state’s classrooms.

“We have made significant progress with our funding levels, but we are always concerned with continuing to hear directly from our districts on ways to improve the quality of education in our schools. I look forward to listening to the views of all the dedicated educators around the state.”

Here is the full schedule of ESD visits:

  • May 21: Pasco – ESD 123
  • May 22: Yakima – ESD 105
  • May 22: Wenatchee – ESD 171
  • May 24: Vancouver – ESD 112
  • June 4: Tumwater – ESD 113
  • June 4: Bremerton – ESD 114
  • June 11: Anacortes – ESD 189
  • June 13: Renton – ESD 121
  • June 14: Spokane – ESD 101
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    Wellman to serve on new Washington State Women’s Commission

Wellman to serve on new Washington State Women’s Commission

May 10th, 2018|

OLYMPIA – Sen. Lisa Wellman, D-Mercer Island, has been appointed to the newly established Washington State Women’s Commission.

Created with the passage of House Bill 2759 during the 2018 legislative session, the commission will focus on solutions to address inequality for women in the workplace and in society overall.

“It’s a true honor to be selected to work with my colleagues on such important challenges. Women are still less likely to be elected to public office or serve in corporate and non-profit leadership positions,” said Wellman, who sponsored companion legislation in the Senate. “Whether it’s pay inequity or sexual harassment, women still face unfair obstacles in the workplace. I look forward to working with the Women’s Commission to break down these barriers.”

The Women’s Commission is responsible for:

  • Reviewing best practices for sexual harassment policies and training, and providing recommendations to state agencies;
  • Identifying and defining specific needs of women of color;
  • Consulting with state agencies regarding the effect of agency policies, rules and practices on the unique problems and needs of women;
  • Staffing the Interagency Committee for State Employed Women;
  • Preparing for a 2020 statewide commemoration of women’s suffrage;
  • Holding public hearings to gather input related to the unique problems and needs of women;
  • Advocating for the removal of legal and social barriers for women; and
  • Reviewing and recommending strategies to increase the number of women serving on for-profit boards.

The commission will also make regular recommendations to the Legislature and to the governor. It will consist of 13 members: four state lawmakers (one from each caucus) and nine members appointed by the governor to provide a balanced and diverse distribution of ethnic, geographic, gender, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status and occupational representation.

The new commission is expected to have official meetings on the calendar by July 1. For more information, click here.