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February 1, 2021

2021 Focus on Advocacy – February 1 Report

Legislature likely to act this week on $2.2 billion relief package Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant, legconsultant@wastatepta.org Last week’s report covered the unveiling of the Democrats’ COVID-relief package, which is broken into several large “buckets,” including $688 million for K-12 public schools. HB 1368 had a public hearing on January 26 and passed…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

January 29, 2021

WSPTA Testifies on SB 5128, a transportation funding fix

WSPTA member Heidi Bennett spoke on SB 5128, a transportation funding fix, in the Senate Ways & Means Committee on January 28. Bennett thanked lawmakers but encouraged them to keep districts as whole as possible, because districts incurred costs bringing school to students when students couldn’t come to them or, for districts that have been…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

January 29, 2021

WSPTA Weighs in on Broadband Bill

Washington State PTA members adopted a position last fall to close the digital divide. Hear members Nancy Chamberlain and Tori Emerson speak in favor of a bill that would expand broadband access across the state by extending retail sales authority to public entities like cities and PUDs. Listen to Nancy and Tori’s testimony here, given…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative



January 25, 2021

2021 Focus on Advocacy – January 25 Report

Democrats unveil $2.2 billion relief package Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant, legconsultant@wastatepta.org Friday afternoon, Democratic state legislators announced a $2.2 billion package for COVID-relief, including $688 million for K-12 public schools. Lawmakers use the majority of the second round of federal funding ($1.8 billion) to plug holes in the economy and respond to…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

January 22, 2021

Call to Action – Focus on Safety

Dear Washington State PTA Member, What issues concern you about the physical safety, health and well-being of your student(s) at school? Students and families deserve to be safe and healthy in their schools, homes, and communities, with a livable future for our children. But unfortunately, in Washington state: During the 2018-19 school year, our state…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

January 21, 2021

Call to Action – Support Student Success by Preserving Education Funding

Dear Washington State PTA member, Right now, we need your voice more than ever as our Washington state legislature grapples with funding choices. We know this year is like no other and we need you to speak up. Legislators often comment that they don’t hear enough from parents – you can change that. Please take…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

January 20, 2021

Reopening Schools – Updated Guidance

Download article as PDF. After studying emerging data from other states, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) revised the metrics for when local school districts should consider bringing students back into school buildings,1 and comprehensive health and safety measures for how to resume once it is deemed safe.2 Schools must also follow guidance in…
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Category: Advocacy

January 20, 2021

Call to Action – Focus on Mental Health

Dear Washington State PTA Member, Insufficient funding for mental health and social emotional learning staff in our schools is an urgent need across our state. For the emotional health of our students, we need decision makers to support legislation that: Increases the state funding model for staffing school mental health professionals. Prioritizes funding to those…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative