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2022 Regional Districts Legislative Positions Paper

Our 2022 Regional Districts Legislative Positions Paper represents superintendents of the Puget Sound region, representing nearly 40% of students across Washington state, 55% of whom are students of color, and our unwavering focus is on student learning and wellbeing. Our 2022 legislative priorities are aimed to create opportunities, address inequities and mitigate barriers for each and every student to succeed in school and in life. We ask the Legislature to support our efforts to eliminate opportunity gaps based on race, income and other factors that have become even more urgent and acute during the COVID-19 pandemic, and that have historically disadvantaged our young scholars and our communities. Our collective priorities are:

  • Student Funding Stability
  • Student Wellness and Health
  • School Facilities
  • Legislative Statues and Provisos


Labels or Limitations? Recommendations for Asset Based Language for Multilingual Learners

The language that we use serves to shape our thinking and the educational opportunities that we provide our students. A diverse group of Washington state educators collaborated during 2020-2021 to create recommendations for shifting away from deficit-based language toward asset-based terminology used to describe students who have previously been labeled as English language learners.

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Renton, Wash. — Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) seeks a diverse group of community members to consider becoming members of the agency’s Board of Directors. Six out of nine Board of Director seats are up for election this year. Board members set the agency vision and monitor progress toward its end: success for each child and eliminate the opportunity gap by leading with racial equity.

Read More about Puget Sound Educational Service District Seeks Community Members to Run for Six Board Seats
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Renton, Wash. — Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) is pleased to announce that it has recently completed the grant application process for the Early Head Start/Head Start 412 federal grant and will receive $15.5 million per year over the next five years. This grant will fund programs and services for nearly 1,000 children enrolled in Head Start and Early Head Start through PSESD. 

Read More about PSESD Awarded Office of Head Start Federal Grant