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April 4, 2018

Joint Select Committee on Article IX Litigation

In a short session today, the Joint Select Committee on Article IX Litigation unanimously approved a report to the Supreme Court describing the 2018 session’s accomplishments towards meeting the McCleary lawsuit. Two major elements of the 16-page report include expediting educator salaries to the 2018-19 school year and establishing a $105 million “penalty account,” which…
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Category: Advocacy , Education , Legislative


April 2, 2018

Education Funding Changes Signed into Law

On Tuesday, March 27, Governor Inslee signed E2SSB 6362, the “fixes” to last session’s EHB 2242 on education funding. For a summary of the changes, see our Week 9 recap.  Details on the effects on funding statewide and for each school district can be found by downloading the “Updated Multi-Year Budget Comparison Tool” from the OSPI…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

March 21, 2018

National PTA Legislative Conference Recap

The 1.1 million students of Washington state were represented by WSPTA leaders in Washington, D.C. March 13-15, during the annual National PTA Legislative Conference. The WSPTA delegation was WSPTA President Michelle Nims, WSPTA Legislative Director Nancy Chamberlain, National PTA Board member and WSPTA past-President Heather Gillette, National PTA- and WSPTA- past-President Laura Bay, and Seattle…
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March 7, 2018

Newly signed HB 1508 creates a Breakfast after the Bell program for high poverty schools.

HB1508, Breakfast after the Bell, was signed by Governor Jay Inslee on March 7 at 1:30 pm in the Governor’s conference room. In attendance were bill sponsors, advocates and students. The bill was one of WSPTA’s top 5 list for 2017 and 2018 legislative priorities. Governor Jay Inslee took time to chat with the daughters…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative


February 26, 2018

Legislative Session – Week 7 Recap

The week of February 19 was one of the busiest of this 60-day session, with the House and Senate releasing their supplemental spending plans for the operating, capital and transportation budgets. Keeping the pedal to the metal, the Senate Ways & Means voted the operating and capital budgets out of committee, while the Appropriations Committee…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative