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  • 2016 Legislative Session
    Week 5 Legislative Committee Schedule: February 8 - 14
    Week 6 Legislative Committee Schedule: February 15-19 2015-16 Legislator Handout - Updated January 2016

    Top Five Issues:
    Fully Funding McCleary
    HB 2366: Concerning basic education obligations.
    SB 6195: Concerning basic education obligations.

    Create Positive School Climates Through Social Emotional Learning
    HB 2373: Making provisions to evaluate student mental health services and provide students with skills that promote mental health and well-being and increase academic performance.
    HB 2381: Establishing a legislative task force on school counselors, psychologists, and social workers.
    SB 6243: Concerning a training program for educators and parents to develop students' social and emotional skills to help prevent youth suicide.
    SB 6432: Making provisions to evaluate student mental health services and provide students with skills that promote mental health and well-being and increase academic performance.

    Increasing Capital Funding
    HB 1941: Would set in motion a process to place a constitutional amendment to allow school bond measures to pass with a simple majority (November 2016).
    HB 2968: The legislature would provide $1 billion dollars in state funding from fiscal years 2016 to 2025 to assist school districts in financing public school facilities necessary to support state-funded all-day kindergarten and class size reduction in kindergarten through third grade.

    Increased Access to Higher Education
    HB 2301: Increasing the number of state need grant recipients by awarding the community and technical college rate in certain financial aid programs for a student's first two years of postsecondary credit.
    HB 2593: Making community and technical colleges more affordable by eliminating the application fee for low-income students and reviewing placement testing fees.
    HB 2662: Creates the Next Generation Education Savings Account for all children born in Washington state or adopted by families who live in Washington state to encourage saving for college.
    HB 2680: Supports development and use of open source materials to reduce the cost of text books in college.
    HB 2686: Supports development and use of open source materials to reduce the cost of text books in college.
    HB 2820: Washington Promise Scholarship.
    HB 6354: Requires four-year institutions of higher education to adopt a state plan for facilitating reverse transfer of academic credits.

    Breakfast After the Bell
    HB 1295 : Concerning breakfast after the bell programs.

    Supporting Issues:
    Access, Equity & Opportunity for Students with Disabilities and Special Needs

    Access to Health and Dental Care

    Career Development and Training for Paraeducators
    HB 1293: Concerning paraeducators.

    Closing Educational Opportunity Gaps
    HB 1541: Implementing strategies to close the educational opportunity gap.
    SB 6244: Implementing strategies to close the educational opportunity gap.

    E-911 Training for Youth

    Equal Access for English Language Learning (ELL) Students
    HB 1541: Implementing strategies to close the educational opportunity gap.

    Family and Community Engagement
    HB 1408: Concerning the development of a definition and model for "family engagement coordinator".

    Improving Education Outcomes for Foster Children

    Inclusive Special Education

    Investing in Teacher Professional Learning
    (CTWG Implementation)


    Paid Sick and Family Leave

    Playground Safety

    Regulating Child Restraint and Isolation in Schools

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Process for Resolutions, Legislative Principles and Legislative Platform
Submission Rules for Resolutions, Legislative Principles and Legislative Platform

LONG-TERM
Resolutions: These outline the opinion and will of WSPTA to address statewide problems.

Legislative principles: These give long-term guidance to our legislative advocacy and can be updated at the fall legislative assembly.

SHORT-TERM
Priority platform, “Top 5”: This short-term platform sets priorities for the upcoming legislative session. Issues are voted onto the platform for 2 years. In year one of the 2-year platform cycle, delegates decide the Top 5 priorities. In year two, delegates may update positions, or add to the Also Supported list. This priority platform is established by voting delegates at the Annual WSPTA Legislative Assembly. Legislative assembly will be in October. All PTAs are welcome. Delegates must be present to vote.


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