January 24, 2018

WSPTA Gives Testimony – HB 2698

Speaking on behalf of the Washington State PTA, Beth Sigall testified in favor of HB 2698, which would extend some of deadlines for paraeducator standards adopted last session, and fund $500,000 in training costs for paraeducators across the state. Standards for paraeducators is one of WSPTA’s Top 5 issues for the 2018 session. For more…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

January 12, 2018

Week 2 Legislative Schedule and Bill Tracker

Week 1 of the Legislative Session was fast and furious! WSPTA members testified 4 times, and one of our top 5 Legislative Priorities, Breakfast After the Bell, was approved by the full House. Keep up with bills and committee hearings related to WSPTA member-generated Legislative Priorities and long-term positions – see the attached report for…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

January 11, 2018

WSPTA President Testifies on Governor’s Budget

WSPTA President Michelle Nims testified in support of Governor Inslee’s supplemental operating budget before House and Senate budget committees. Michelle also stressed the importance of funding family and community engagement coordinators at every school, phased in by high-poverty schools first. For a complete review of testimony, click here.  
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

January 3, 2018


Did you know that legislators hear more about the number of chickens allowed in backyards than about K-12 schools? Every year, members decide on our legislative priorities, and WSPTA wants to make it easier for our members to connect with decision-makers to let them know that we care about the success of each and every…
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Category: Advocacy , Events , Legislative

January 2, 2018

WSPTA Scholarship Program

It’s that time of year for high school seniors: applying for college and learning how to pay for college. To help alleviate the pains of paying for college, the Washington State PTA offers three $3,000 scholarships and one $1,000 scholarship to graduating seniors from Washington State high schools, with active PTAs within them that will…
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Category: Programs

December 28, 2017

January Checklist for Running Your PTA

January 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 Reflections entries…
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Category: Leadership , Training