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April 15, 2019

2019 Legislative Session – Week 14

Cutoffs continue to claim bills, budget negotiations begin Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant, legconsultant@wastatepta.org Tuesday, April 9th was the deadline for bills to pass out of the fiscal committees to remain under consideration this session. As always, there are exceptions, particularly if funding for a bill has been appropriated in one of the…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

April 11, 2019

An Update on the Proposed National PTA Dues Increase

WSPTA Shares Your Feedback with National PTA, Requests Your Additional Input Grassroots Engagement. Powered by PTA. Washington State PTA recently conducted a short survey with local leaders and members to gather preliminary feedback about the National PTA proposed membership dues increase that will be considered at the National PTA Convention in June. Thank you to…
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Category: Membership


April 7, 2019

2019 Legislative Session – Week 13

Legislature starts final four: last weeks of session, that is Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant, legconsultant@wastatepta.org With only four weeks left in the 105-day regular session, lawmakers worked late into the evening in some committees and on the floor, passing out policy and budget bills to meet various deadlines and get budgets into…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

April 4, 2019

WSPTA Testifies on the Senate Democrats’ Operating Budget Proposal SB 5153

Click to hear Jennifer’s testimony Mercer Island parent Jennifer Flood testified on the Senate Democrats’ operating budget proposal. While the Senate two-year spending plan is better than the House in many areas, investments in special education and additional school staffing to support student safety and well being could be increased. Click here to read Jennifer’s…
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Category: Uncategorized

March 31, 2019

March 2019 – WSPTA Executive Director Message

Dear Members, What a contrast a month makes. Spring seemed to hit like a brick this month with temperatures in Western Washington jumping from the 40s to over 70 within a week. It has been a great opportunity to spend time in the yard, cleaning up the mess left by the winter storms, and pulling…
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Category: Leadership

March 31, 2019

WSPTA Testifies on EHB 1638

Click to hear testimony Lexi Nims, a college student considering a degree in public health, was one of the dozen or so people who testified on EHB 1638 at last Friday’s Senate Health & Long-Term Care committee. Nims testified on behalf of Washington State PTA. National PTA holds a position, which the state Advocacy Committee voted…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

March 31, 2019

2019 Legislative Session – Week 12

Budgets released during whirlwind week, House unveils levy proposal Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant, legconsultant@wastatepta.org Within the span of the week, House Democrats released operating, capital and transportation budgets, holding hearings and passing two of the three off the House floor by Friday evening. (Listen to the House Democrat announcement here.) Not to…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

March 26, 2019

April 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 At the April…
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Category: Leadership

March 24, 2019

2019 Legislative Session – Week 11

Snow gives way to sun as legislative pace quickens Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant, legconsultant@wastatepta.org Sunglasses, sandals and short sleeves graced the Capitol last week, as temperatures hit the mid-70s and snow piles in parking lots finally melted. Spring was in the air, and committees resumed action, scheduling full hearings of bills from…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative