Legislative Priorities

In the Northshore School Board, proactive planning is a core value.  To support the work of our district, we appreciate our legislators’ support in addressing these important items.

Support districts' need to respond to climate change through grants and programs 

  • The district seeks funding opportunities in areas such as solar power sources, electric buses, safe bicycle lanes, and building cooling systems.

Create conditions that remove barriers and increase innovation for student growth 

  • Cease approving unfunded mandates to allow school districts to prioritize instructional needs in their community.
  • Create policy that supports the evolution from simple memorization and "seat time" to sophisticated creativity, critical thinking, and applied mastery of skills as 65% of today's students will be employed in jobs that don't exist today.

Create a sustainable funding system that matches student needs 

  • Despite the Legislature's recent investments in special education, the funding model still falls short of fully funding special education for students who quality. The increase in complex special education and multi-lingual needs means Northshore is projected to use 50% of our local levy ($30M) to backfill funding for multi-lingual and special education services in 2023-24.
  • The state funding allocation for classified salaries lags behind our local labor market's inflationary reality. Northshore has seen increased cost in hiring food service workers, paraprofessionals, bus drivers, custodians, and maintenance workers.
  • The prototypical school model has not kept up with evolving student needs. For instance, assistant principals -- who provide critical instructional leadership, student interventions, administrative, and well being supports to students -- are not included in the model and must be funded with local dollars.

Approve legislation to enable simple majority passage of capital bonds for school districts 

  • Washington is 1 of only 8 states that still require a 60% passage rate.