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April 14, 2023

April 2023 – Executive Director Message

Dear Members,  Those volunteer leaders who pay close attention to our newsletters may have noticed that we tried something new last fall and then did it again this month. Any ideas? Here’s a hint, it had to do with money. Give up? Fair enough. We published articles on resource development, better known among local and…
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Category: Leadership

April 10, 2023

Senate Passes Preventing Gun Violence Legislation in Week 13 Report

Prepared by Marie Sullivan, legconsultant@wastatepta.org  By a vote of 27-21 (and one excused), the Senate passed legislation that would prohibit the manufacture, importation, distribution, sale, or offer for sale, of any assault weapon, with a few exceptions, effective upon the governor’s signature. SHB 1240 passed Saturday afternoon after more than 22 amendments and three hours…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

April 4, 2023

April Checklist for Councils Supporting Local PTAs

Ongoing Tasks Offer support to local PTAs who may be struggling with any of the SOA requirements. Encourage local PTAs in their membership campaigns. Work with your region director to support any local PTAs with fewer than 25 members. Work with your region director to support any local PTAs on the “no president list”. Remind…
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Category: Leadership

April 3, 2023

House Releases 2023-2025 Budgets, Negotiations to Start This Week

Prepared by Marie Sullivan, legconsultant@wastatepta.org   House Democrats announced their 2023-25 operating budget on Monday, March 27, and the House Appropriations Committee immediately held a public hearing on the more than 1,200-page document that afternoon. Also released on the 27 was the bipartisan 2023-2025 capital budget.  Both budgets have some things in common with the Senate…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

April 2, 2023

2023 Bill Status Reports

Each week, Marie Sullivan our Legislative Consultant puts together a list of bills and upcoming events that are associated with our legislative priorities. Reports are up-to-date as of the Sunday before the Legislative week begins. Week 15 – April 17 to April 21 (as of 4/16/23) *Days and times can be subject to change. Past…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

April 1, 2023

Advocacy in Action! April 1, 2023

Advocacy Director Lizzy Sebring waited several hours to speak on E2SSB 5311, the bill that would lift the cap on enrollment to 15%, increase the multipliers, and modify the safety net. The bill was part of a Saturday, April 1 public hearing in the House Appropriations Committee. Lizzy shared WSPTA’s support for the Senate funding…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

March 31, 2023

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 Get educated: take advantage of in-person and online training opportunities Be familiar with your responsibilities and fulfill them Review and ask questions about monthly financial report Actively engage in a plan for membership growth…
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Category: Leadership

March 27, 2023

Advocacy in Action! March 27, 2023

During a public hearing March 27th on the House proposed 2023-25 operating budget, WSPTA President Nancy Chamberlain asked legislators to increase funding for special education to meet the needs of students in our K-12 programs. Nancy thanked them for the investments in inclusionary practices professional development, and funding for teacher residency programs and the Beginning Educator…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

March 27, 2023

Advocacy in Action! March 23, 2023

WSPTA President Nancy Chamberlain asked members of the Senate Ways & Means Committee to hold firm on their level of funding for students with disabilities when negotiating with the House and to add funding for inclusionary training. Nancy also expressed disappointment that, as a member of the K-12 Salary Rebase work group, the legislature did…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

March 27, 2023

It’s all About the Budget Now in Week 11 Report

Prepared by Marie Sullivan, legconsultant@wastatepta.org  Last week the Senate released a proposed 2023-25 capital budget on Monday, March 20th and a proposed 2023-25 operating budget on Thursday, March 23rd. The capital budget public hearing was the same day as the release, while a full day was provided to review the 1,240-page operating budget. That hearing,…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative