Top Five Issues: Fully Funding McCleary SB 6195: Concerning basic education obligations.
Create Positive School Climates Through Social Emotional Learning SB 6243: Concerning a training program for educators and parents to develop students' social and emotional skills to help prevent youth suicide.
Increasing Capital Funding 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 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 SB 6408: Specifies the minimum employment standards for a paraeducator who works in the special education program, the basic education program, the learning assistance program, the federal disadvantaged program, and English language learner programs.
Closing Educational Opportunity Gaps HB 1541: 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 HB 1999: Coordinating services and programs for foster youth in order to improve educational outcomes.
Inclusive Special Education
Investing in Teacher Professional Learning Paid Sick and Family Leave
Regulating Child Restraint and Isolation in Schools
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Legislative principles: These give
long-term guidance to our legislative advocacy and
can be updated at the fall legislative assembly.
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
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