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2016 Legislative Session


HB 4031 was combined with another absenteeism bill in Ways and Means and became HB 4002. The bill now directs the Department of Education and the Chief Education Office to jointly develop a statewide education plan to address chronic absences of students in public schools, including trauma informed school pilots. We are thrilled to report that HB 4002 passed with strong bipartisan support. Stay tuned for more information!
 



The 2016 legislative session has begun, and there is a short session scheduled this year. This session, OSBHA has developed House Bill 4031, "The Coordinated Student Success Act," a bill intended to focus on reducing chronic absenteeism by piloting trauma-informed strategies in school environments. A trauma-informed school:

  • Realizes both the widespread impact of trauma and the role of schools in promoting resiliency
  • Recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in students, family, and staff
  • Responds by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices
  • Resists re-traumatization of students and staff and fosters resiliency

Read our one-page bill summary.

Follow the bill's progress.

The bill has been approved and passed out of the House Education Committee and has moved on to the Joint Ways and Means Committee, and it needs constituent support. If you'd like to call your legislator, you can find out their contact information here

For more information, contact Maureen Hinman at maureen@osbha.org or 503-719-4515.