OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Washington Senate wants a statewide vote on proposed policies that would alter how lawmakers manage the budget and how principals manage their teachers.
Republican Sen. Steve Litzow said Sunday that leaders had decided to put the ideas to a referendum as a concession. The Senate wants three major reform bills passes as part of a final budget compromise, but the House has not approved the policy ideas.
One of the Senate proposals would give principals the option of rejecting teachers who are appointed to their schools. Another would place limits on how fast non-education spending grows in the state budget.
Along with those two plans considered for a ballot vote, the Senate also wants lawmakers to directly approve an overhaul to how the state settles workers' compensation claims.