2021 Interpreter Bills
Updated On: Nov 16, 2021

HB1153 Increasing Language Access in Public Schools

Building on previous legislative action, most notably 2014 HB1709 and 2019 HB1130, this bill directs the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the Office of the Education Ombuds (OEO) to jointly reconvene a work group and report to the Legislature by December 1, 2021 with recommendations related to standards, training, testing, and credentialing for spoken and sign language interpreters for students' families.

Status: Died in policy committee but it is included in the budget as a proviso in SB5092 Sec.501(3)(g). The proviso extended the Language Access Workgroup until December 2021 to submit additional recommendations for:

  • Standards, training, testing, and credentialing for spoken and sign language interpreters for students' families and
  • For collecting information related to language access services in schools and school districts.

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