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2014 Legislative Priorities

Washington State Parent Teacher Association Sets Legislative Agenda (October 28, 2014) -- The Washington State Parent Teacher Association held its’ 36th Annual Legislative Assembly this weekend, in Vancouver, Washington. There, delegates met to set a new platform of legislative priorities for the 2015 -2016 legislative session in support of the organizational vision of “Making every child’s potential a reality.” The legislative platform supports the delivery of our mission:
• PTA is a powerful voice for all children.
• PTA is a relevant resource for families, schools and communities.
• PTA is a strong advocate for the well-being and education of every child.

In all, 13 issues made the short-term platform. As a whole child advocacy association, our priority issues represent health, well-being and educational needs of the children of Washington State.

WSPTA’s priorities for the 2015 and 2016 legislative sessions:
1. Funding McCleary Funding McCleary
2. Create Positive School Climates Through Social Emotional Learning
3. Increasing Capital Funding
4. Increased Access to Higher Education
5. Breakfast After the Bell

Also supported (listed alphabetically):
Access, Equity & Opportunity for Students with Disabilities and Special Needs
Closing Opportunity Gaps
Equal Access for ELL Students
Family and Community Engagement
Inclusive Special Education
Playground Safety
Investing in Teacher Professional Learning (CTWG Implementation)
Regulating Child Restraint and Isolation in Schools


Legislative Priorities Issue Survey Results
Click here to download the Legislative Priorities Issue Survey Results (MS Excel File)

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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. Proposals are due Nov. 15 for consideration at the spring convention.

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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