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February 15, 2019

WSPTA Testifies on School Construction and Simple Majority for Bonds

Sherry Rudolph showed some love for two bills that were heard February 14, including SB 5853, which would increase the 40-year old student space allocation and cost allowance formulas to more current standards, with a phased-in approach. The bill was part of the Senate Ways & Means Committee meeting. Here’s her testimony in support of…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

February 15, 2019

Call to Action – Support Strategies to Address the Teacher Shortage

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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February 14, 2019

Call to Action – Support Social Emotional Learning

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 engagement. By…
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February 13, 2019

Call to Action – Support School Construction and Simple Majority for School Bonds

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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February 12, 2019

Call to Action – Support Legislation to Keep Students Safe at School

Dear Washington State PTA member, WSPTA recognizes the essential need for children to be safe at home and at school. WSPTA members adopted several positions that promote student safety, including policies that prevent gun violence (including youth suicides) and policies that promote school safety planning. As children and youth spend a large part of their…
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February 11, 2019

WSPTA Testifies on HB 1272 – School Lunch

Amy Ulrich, lead on the Best Practices for School Meals – Lunch position adopted last fall, testified in favor of HB 1272, which would direct OSPI to identify six demonstration sites to support a 20-minute seated lunch period. Amy’s testimony: Testimony on HB 1272                2/5/2019 3:30 p.m., House Education, HHR A Good afternoon, Madam…
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February 11, 2019

Call to Action – Support Strategic Investments to Improve Student Outcomes

Dear Washington State PTA member, Ample funding of basic education has been a WSPTA priority for decades. While the legislature has made considerable funding increases, further strategic investments are needed to equitably address the needs of all our students in Washington state. We are asking you to contact your legislators with the following message here to support…
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February 10, 2019

2019 Legislative Session – Week 5

Snowmageddon strikes but Advocacy Week continues Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant, legconsultant@wastatepta.org Even before forecasts of large snowstorms across the state were announced for February 8th through the weekend and Governor Jay Inslee declared an emergency, Olympia started the week with a dusting of snow. Schools were closed or delayed, people were encouraged…
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February 4, 2019

2019 Legislative Session – Week 4

School safety top issue in education committees this week Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant, legconsultant@wastatepta.org House Education Committee members held a work session on school safety and security January 29th, hearing about the tragic Sandy Hook shooting from Alissa Parker, a parent whose daughter was among the 20 children killed that day. Parker,…
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January 31, 2019

Testimony on SB 5315 and SB 5317

Northshore parent Robin Zaback testified on behalf of WSPTA January 30, 2019, in support of SB 5315, which would increase the ratios of nurses, social workers, guidance counselors and school psychologists in schools, starting with districts above 50% eligibility of students in the Free or Reduced Price Meals program. Robin asked for one change –…
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