2015 Legislative Assembly Summary
The Washington State PTA held its 37th Annual Legislative Assembly Saturday, October 24, 2015 in Olympia. There, delegates met to add supported legislative issues to the 2015-16 legislative session in support of the organizational vision of "Making every child's potential a reality." The 2015-16 legislative platform continues to support the delivery of the association's vision and mission.
In all, two new supported issues were voted in favor of; in addition to the five short-term legislative issues. As a whole child advocacy association, the priority issues represent health, well-being, and educational needs for all children in Washington State.
WSPTA Newly Supported Issues
1: Improving Education Outcomes for Foster Children
2: Career Development and Training for Paraeducators
WSPTA Priorities for the 2015 and 2016 Legislative Sessions 1. 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
Outstanding Advocate Award
During the 37th Annual Legislative Assembly, the WSPTA also recognized Sherry Krainick as the 2015 Outstanding Advocate Award recipient. The Outstanding Advocate Award recognizes and honors an individual for continued and dedicated service to ALL children, and a demonstrated commitment to helping create strong policies relating to the health, welfare, safety, and education of children and youth. Krainick most recently served on the WSPTA Board of Directors as the Legislative Director, 2013-2015.