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February 25, 2019

Membership Awards 101

Washington State PTA gives out two types of PTA Membership Awards: Membership Growth Awards and Membership Achievement Awards. Membership Growth Awards are automatically calculated and awarded to local PTAs and councils that reach the required criteria levels for Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum recognition. Your PTA can focus on the important work of enrolling members…
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Category: Membership

February 24, 2019

Legislative Session – Week 7

Policy cutoff spells end to many bills, next up: fiscal cutoff Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant, legconsultant@wastatepta.org In the first of what will be many self-imposed deadlines to keep the legislative process moving forward, Friday, February 22nd was the final day for most bills to be considered in policy committees. (I say most,…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

February 24, 2019

March 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 Submit WSPTA Award…
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Category: Leadership

February 21, 2019

WSPTA Testimony to Senate Ways and Means Committee

Thursday, February 20 was education day in the Senate Ways & Means Committee. Traveling to Olympia to testify on behalf of Washington State PTA were President Michelle Nims and Advocacy Director Nancy Chamberlain. Here are their TVW clips: Aligning with the teacher shortage priority, Nancy testified in support of SB 5801, a bill that would…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

February 21, 2019

WSPTA Testifies on Anti-bullying Bill – SB 5689

Northshore parent Corina Pfeil testified on behalf of Washington State PTA in support of SB 5689 in the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee February 18th. The bill would require school districts to adopt a transgender student policy and procedures, and to designate a primary point of contact within schools for policy implementation and…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

February 18, 2019

2019 Legislative Session – Week 6

Olympia digs out from the snow, first cutoff looms Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant, legconsultant@wastatepta.org In unprecedented action, the Legislature cancelled committee meetings Monday, February 11, due to historic amounts of snow that had fallen since the previous Friday. Most Monday committee meetings were rescheduled for later in the week. On the 11th,…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

February 15, 2019

WSPTA Testifies on School Construction and Simple Majority for Bonds

Sherry Rudolph showed some love for two bills that were heard February 14, including SB 5853, which would increase the 40-year old student space allocation and cost allowance formulas to more current standards, with a phased-in approach. The bill was part of the Senate Ways & Means Committee meeting. Here’s her testimony in support of…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

February 15, 2019

Call to Action – Support Strategies to Address the Teacher Shortage

Dear Washington State PTA member, Washington has an estimated shortage of 3500 certificated teachers, and 97% of human resource (HR) directors say they are struggling or in crisis mode when asked about their ability to hire qualified, certificated candidates to fill current open positions.  Every student deserves to be taught by an excellent, engaged teacher.…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

February 14, 2019

Call to Action – Support Social Emotional Learning

Dear Washington State PTA member, Inclusion of social emotional learning and trauma-informed practices at schools has been demonstrated to lead to better outcomes for students, and it is WSPTA’s top legislative priority during this legislative session. Social emotional skills complement cognitive skills and are associated with increased academic achievement, higher income, better health, and social engagement. By…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

February 13, 2019

Call to Action – Support School Construction and Simple Majority for School Bonds

Dear Washington State PTA member, WSPTA recognizes that students deserve to learn in modern, safe school facilities. Most school districts do not have sufficient building capacity to meet the needs of state-mandated reduced class sizes and high school requirements, and often use portables lacking adequate bathroom and lunchroom facilities. Current funding is insufficient for districts…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative