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January 13, 2020

WSPTA Testifies before House for Budget Priorities

Click to hear President Kutzera’s testimony Washington State PTA President Janice Kutzera testified in front of the House Appropriations Committee today, January 13, on the opening day of the legislative session. Read her full testimony. She spoke to HB 2325 Supplemental Operating Budget. President Kutzera asked the committee to support four budget priorities. Fund the…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

January 13, 2020

2020 Legislative Session – Pre-session Report

Legislature expected to act quickly in 60-day session Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant, legconsultant@wastatepta.org The second year of the 66th Legislature will convene Monday, January 13, with Democrats holding the Governor’s office and majorities in the House and Senate. The Senate will swear in one new member, Republican Ron Muzzall of Whidbey Island,…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative


January 1, 2020

January 2020 – WSPTA Executive Director Message

Dear Members, Happy New Year! Wow, it’s 2020. I can hardly believe it. I have been a lifelong fan of science fiction and grew up on Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein. In the annals of science fiction, these are the years when space operas play out, the years when robots have either enslaved us all…
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Category: Leadership

December 28, 2019

January Checklist for Running Your PTA

Ongoing Tasks Attend any board and membership meetings Read meeting minutes and offer corrections Prepare reports for board and membership meetings Attend training Be familiar with your responsibilities and fulfill them Review and ask questions about the monthly financial report Prepare articles for newsletter/social media Update website Participate, help, and communicate Review the Standards of…
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Category: Leadership


December 1, 2019

2019 WSPTA Legislative Assembly Recap

Attendees to the 2019 WSPTA Legislative Assembly kept up to a relentless pace of attending classes, issue topic education, caucusing and consideration of resolutions and issues. The theme at this year’s sold-out event at Bellevue College in Bellevue, WA was “Superheroes of Advocacy”. The event kicked off with a general session bipartisan legislator panel featuring…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

December 1, 2019

December 2019 – WSPTA Executive Director Message

Dear Members, This time of year, thoughts turn to those who have less and what we can do to help. Individually, we make donations and volunteer our time. Working with and through the PTA, we systemically help those in need. Our advocacy mission serves all of the children in our state, ensuring that those in…
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Category: Leadership

December 1, 2019

December Checklist for Running Your PTA

Ongoing Tasks Attend any board and membership meetings Read meeting minutes and offer corrections Prepare reports for board and membership meetings Attend training Be familiar with your responsibilities and fulfill them Review and ask questions about monthly financial report Prepare articles for newsletter/social media Update website Participate, help, and communicate Monthly Tasks Consider a holiday…
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Category: Leadership