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February 2, 2018

Call to Action: School Construction and Class Size Reduction

Dear Washington State PTA member, WSPTA recognizes that students deserve to learn in modern, safe school facilities. Most school districts do not have sufficient building capacity to meet the needs of state-mandated reduced class sizes and high school requirements, and often use portables lacking adequate bathroom and lunchroom facilities. Current funding is insufficient for districts…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

February 1, 2018

Call to Action: Support Legislation that Ensures Post-Secondary Success for all Students

Dear Washington State PTA member, WSPTA recognizes that every student deserves a path to success. About 70% of all new jobs in Washington will require some kind of post-secondary certificate or degree, but we need to expand access and affordability for students. We can also start the commitment during high school, by supporting career-connected learning,…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

January 31, 2018

Call to Action: Support HB 1377

Dear Washington State PTA member, Inclusion of social emotional learning and trauma-informed practices at schools has been demonstrated to lead to better outcomes for students, and it is WSPTA’s top legislative priority during this legislative session. Social emotional skills complement cognitive skills and are associated with increased academic achievement, higher income, better health, and social…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative



January 30, 2018

WSPTA Testifies on HB 2927

House Education Committee members heard from Washington State PTA’s Sebrena Burr on HB 2927, concerning highly capable students at a hearing Monday, January 29. Announced as a 15-minute hearing, the testimony stretched into nearly 30 minutes as speaker after speaker expressed why it was important to pass this bill this session. Update: On February 2,…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative


January 30, 2018

Call to Action: Support HB 1827

Dear Washington State PTA member, Washington has an estimated shortage of 3500 certificated teachers, and 97% of human resource (HR) directors say they are struggling or in crisis mode when asked about their ability to hire qualified, certificated candidates to fill current open positions. Every student deserves to be taught by an excellent, engaged teacher.…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative


January 29, 2018

February Checklist for Running Your PTA

February 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…
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Category: Leadership , Training