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February 12, 2019

Call to Action – Support Legislation to Keep Students Safe at School

Dear Washington State PTA member, WSPTA recognizes the essential need for children to be safe at home and at school. WSPTA members adopted several positions that promote student safety, including policies that prevent gun violence (including youth suicides) and policies that promote school safety planning. As children and youth spend a large part of their…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

February 11, 2019

WSPTA Testifies on HB 1272 – School Lunch

Amy Ulrich, lead on the Best Practices for School Meals – Lunch position adopted last fall, testified in favor of HB 1272, which would direct OSPI to identify six demonstration sites to support a 20-minute seated lunch period. Amy’s testimony: Testimony on HB 1272                2/5/2019 3:30 p.m., House Education, HHR A Good afternoon, Madam…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

February 11, 2019

Call to Action – Support Strategic Investments to Improve Student Outcomes

Dear Washington State PTA member, Ample funding of basic education has been a WSPTA priority for decades. While the legislature has made considerable funding increases, further strategic investments are needed to equitably address the needs of all our students in Washington state. We are asking you to contact your legislators with the following message here to support…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

February 10, 2019

2019 Legislative Session – Week 5

Snowmageddon strikes but Advocacy Week continues Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant, legconsultant@wastatepta.org Even before forecasts of large snowstorms across the state were announced for February 8th through the weekend and Governor Jay Inslee declared an emergency, Olympia started the week with a dusting of snow. Schools were closed or delayed, people were encouraged…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

February 4, 2019

2019 Legislative Session – Week 4

School safety top issue in education committees this week Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant, legconsultant@wastatepta.org House Education Committee members held a work session on school safety and security January 29th, hearing about the tragic Sandy Hook shooting from Alissa Parker, a parent whose daughter was among the 20 children killed that day. Parker,…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

January 31, 2019

Testimony on SB 5315 and SB 5317

Northshore parent Robin Zaback testified on behalf of WSPTA January 30, 2019, in support of SB 5315, which would increase the ratios of nurses, social workers, guidance counselors and school psychologists in schools, starting with districts above 50% eligibility of students in the Free or Reduced Price Meals program. Robin asked for one change –…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

January 30, 2019

February 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 Apply for a…
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Category: Leadership

January 30, 2019

WSPTA Members Testify on Dual Credits and Early Learning

On January 29 two WSPTA members testified. Seattle PTSA Council member Heidi Bennett testifiedin the Senate Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee in support of SB 5410, a bill that would increase predictability for students seeking college-awarded credits through IB and Cambridge courses when certain scores are hit on the exams. Sylvia Gil from the…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

January 30, 2019

WSPTA Testifies on HB 1384 Regarding High Poverty LAP Funding

On January 28, 2019, WSPTA Advocacy Director Nancy Chamberlain testified in strong support of HB 1384, which would lower the threshold for schools to qualify for High Poverty Learning Assistance Program funding, from 50% free and reduced lunch program (FRLP) participation to the statewide average for FRLP (approx. 43%). This change would give additional funding…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

January 30, 2019

WSPTA Testifies on Enrichment Levies and Special Education Funding

On Wednesday, January 23, 2019, following a work session K-12 and special education funding, WSPTA Advocacy Director Nancy Chamberlain testified on three bills related to making changes to local school district enrichment levies (SB 5313, SB 5316, and SB 5466). She also testified on two bills making changes to how school districts would be reimbursed…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative