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January 11, 2021

2021 Focus on Advocacy – January 11 Report

Legislative session opens January 11 Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant, legconsultant@wastatepta.org When the 67th legislature meets for business January 11, it may be the only day in this 105-day session when legislators are meeting in person, in Olympia, at the State Capitol. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on large gatherings, both House…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

October 26, 2020

What should WSPTA members expect this upcoming legislative session?

Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant, shares a look ahead at 2021 and topics that are likely under consideration by the 66th Legislature. House and Senate will be holding virtual winter “Assembly Days,” with committee work sessions the week after Thanksgiving. (Note, they already held virtual fall “Assembly Days” in September, but no public comment.) Governor’s…
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April 13, 2020

2020 Supplemental Operating and Capital Budgets Signed by Governor

Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant, legconsultant@wastatepta.org Friday afternoon, March 27, Governor Jay Inslee signed the 2020 supplemental operating and capital budgets. The Governor acknowledged that in normal times he would have signed the budget with very few changes. “These are not normal times, however, and we need to look ahead to our falling revenues…
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March 16, 2020

2020 Legislative Session – Week Nine Recap, Sine Die

Legislature adjourns March 12 Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant, legconsultant@wastatepta.org The Legislature adjourned “sine die” on March 12, leaving $2 billion in the Rainy-Day Account and nearly $1 billion in reserves. To support COVID-19 efforts, the Legislature appropriated $200 million, of which $25 million was set aside in a new unemployment account created…
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March 13, 2020

Supplemental Operating Budget Highlights

Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant On March 11, the House and Senate operating budget negotiators released their agreed-upon supplemental operating budget. Here are the highlights for K-12 education: $45.7 million for LEA hold harmless (list of school districts and funding); $31.8 million for 0.5 school counselors, starting with high-poverty elementary schools (50% or…
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March 13, 2020

Information regarding ESSB 5395 – Comprehensive Sexual Health Education Bill

Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant Parents who are wondering about ESSB 5395, the comprehensive sexual health education bill, may find the following bill information or this bill report helpful. As always, I encourage people to “read the bill.” Here some things to keep in mind: Timing & Curriculum If your district doesn’t currently…
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March 9, 2020

2020 Legislative Session – Week 8 Recap and Final Bill List

Spring forward – session likely to end March 12 Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant, legconsultant@wastatepta.org As mentioned in the last report, this week was expected to be fast and furious and it didn’t disappoint. March 6 was the deadline for most bills to pass the opposite chamber; the main exceptions are budget bills,…
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March 2, 2020

2020 Legislative Session – Week 7 Recap and Look Ahead to Week 8

Leaping into the last two weeks! Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant, legconsultant@wastatepta.org Both the House and Senate released proposed supplemental operating, capital and transportation budgets on February 24.  Usually one chamber will release a budget proposal, and the following week the other chamber will release its budget proposal. But this 60-day session is…
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February 28, 2020

Call to Action: Special Education Funding Remains Insufficient

Dear Washington State PTA Member, Every child, no matter what their ability, deserves a high-quality education. Unfortunately, the various funding factors that determine how much special education support a school district receives cause significant gaps and vast inequities across our state. We are asking you to remind our legislators that until every student with disabilities…
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February 27, 2020

Call to Action: Equity Regardless of Student Immigration Status

Dear Washington State PTA Member, Access to a free public education is a basic right of all children residing in the U.S. and Washington. Nearly 40 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court concluded that undocumented school-aged children have the right to a high-quality public education. Since it is the vision of PTA that every child’s…
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