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March 15, 2021

2021 Focus on Advocacy – March 15 Report

Governor orders more in-person learning this school year Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant, legconsultant@wastatepta.org Perhaps the most interesting thing that happened this past week was Governor Jay Inslee’s announcement Friday, March 12, that through an emergency proclamation to be issued this coming week, all schools in Washington must offer the opportunity for in-person…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

March 12, 2021

Outline of March 12 Announcement to Require Schools to Offer an In-Person Learning Option

WSPTA received this outline of the March 12 announcement to require schools to offer an in-person learning option from Maddy Thompson, the senior policy advisor to the Governor’s office: Today the Governor announced that he is issuing an Emergency Proclamation early next week that prohibits all school districts from failing to offer all K-12 students…
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Category: Legislative

March 11, 2021

Supporting digital equity remains WSPTA priority

Last fall, members adopted a position to close the digital divide, improve affordable connectivity, and provide developmentally appropriate devices to students. Nancy Chamberlain shared the overall goal with the Senate Environment, Energy & Technology Committee here, while Tori Emerson shared a more localized story with committee members, heard here. The bill they were testifying on…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

March 11, 2021

WSPTA advocates for suicide prevention

Speaking in favor of 2SSB 5327, establishing a confidential youth tip line, Tanya Aggar shared some heartbreaking stories about youth suicides from the past week with the House Children, Youth and Families Committee. “Youth suicide is preventable, and the goal is zero. No more deaths,” said Aggar. Her testimony can be found here.
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

March 10, 2021

WSPTA supports college credit bill

Speaking on behalf of Washington State PTA, parent advocate Natalya Yudkovsky asked the Senate education committee to pass SHB 1302 from committee. The bill would extend the opportunity for 9th graders to earn college credit when taking College in the High School courses. Also, at the request of WSPTA, bill sponsor Rep. April Berg, D-Everett,…
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March 8, 2021

2021 Focus on Advocacy – March 8 Report

Legislature passes half-way mark Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant, legconsultant@wastatepta.org With an eye towards the March 9 deadline for bills to be passed out of the chamber in which they started, legislators spent the past week meeting in caucuses and conducting floor action. Both the House and Senate met on Saturday; the House…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative