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February 13, 2018

PTA Advocates Made a Difference During Advocacy Week 2018

Advocacy Week kicked of on Monday, January 29, with the annual WSPTA Focus Day, a day for members to come to Olympia. More than 50 advocates, from Arlington to Vancouver, met with legislators, delivered postcards from members not in attendance, and distributed the 2018 WSPTA Legislative Priorities. WSPTA President Michelle Nims, Legislative Director Nancy Chamberlain,…
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February 2, 2018

Call to Action: School Construction and Class Size Reduction

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 1, 2018

Call to Action: Support Legislation that Ensures Post-Secondary Success for all Students

Dear Washington State PTA member, WSPTA recognizes that every student deserves a path to success. About 70% of all new jobs in Washington will require some kind of post-secondary certificate or degree, but we need to expand access and affordability for students. We can also start the commitment during high school, by supporting career-connected learning,…
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January 31, 2018

Call to Action: Support HB 1377

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…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative