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November 28, 2017

December Checklist for Running Your PTA

December 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…
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Category: Leadership , Training

November 16, 2017

November 15 Supreme Court McCLeary Ruling Summation from Network for Excellence in Washington Schools (NEWS)

WSPTA is an original member of The Network for Excellence in Washington Schools (NEWS). Below is a summation from NEWS of yesterday’s ruling. The Supreme Court’s November 15, 2017 Order did three things: It unanimously rejected the State’s claim that the 2017 legislature satisfied the court orders in the McCleary case. It unanimously rejected the…
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Category: Advocacy , Education , Legislative


November 3, 2017

Guest Post: State PTA Adopts Ambitious Agenda for 2018

By Cami Brix, Inglemoor High School PTSA 6.10.75 Approximately 200 delegates representing 134,000 members from across the state recently attended the Washington State Parent Teacher Association (WSPTA) 39th annual Legislative Assembly in Tacoma, Washington. The body adopted several positions for their existing legislative and public policy platform. Same event, new focus – WSPTA Legislative Director…
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Category: Advocacy , Events



October 25, 2017

State Assistant Attorney General asks Supreme Court to End McCleary Case

Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant, legconsultant@wastatepta.org In oral arguments before the Supreme Court on October 24, 2017, state Assistant Attorney General Alan Copsey asked the Court to find that the state is in compliance with amply funding education and to close the case. In the event the Court was concerned about the two-biennium…
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Category: Advocacy , Education , Legislative

October 25, 2017

Standards of Affiliation Reminder: TAXES

Nov. 15th is the Deadline to file your applicable IRS 990 form. Every PTA must file an information return with the IRS. WSPTA sample IRS instructions, log in information, and schedules can be found in the password-protected Leadership Guides page of the website under the category Treasurer/Board Finance Resources, IRS Information. Which form do we…
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Category: Leadership

October 24, 2017

2017 WSPTA Legislative Assembly Recap

Delegates from across the state gathered for inspiration, advocacy education, networking, and to consider the addition of new positions to the policy platform, as Washington State PTA held its 39th annual Legislative Assembly, October 20-21. Some highlights of the WSPTA Legislative Assembly included an insightful and detailed update on the 2017 legislative session from WSPTA…
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Category: Advocacy , Events

October 24, 2017

November Checklist for Running Your PTA

November 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 Insurance payments…
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Category: Leadership , Training