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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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January 30, 2019

WSPTA Members Testify on Dual Credits and Early Learning

On January 29 two WSPTA members testified. Seattle PTSA Council member Heidi Bennett testifiedin the Senate Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee in support of SB 5410, a bill that would increase predictability for students seeking college-awarded credits through IB and Cambridge courses when certain scores are hit on the exams. Sylvia Gil from the…
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January 30, 2019

WSPTA Testifies on HB 1384 Regarding High Poverty LAP Funding

On January 28, 2019, WSPTA Advocacy Director Nancy Chamberlain testified in strong support of HB 1384, which would lower the threshold for schools to qualify for High Poverty Learning Assistance Program funding, from 50% free and reduced lunch program (FRLP) participation to the statewide average for FRLP (approx. 43%). This change would give additional funding…
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January 30, 2019

WSPTA Testifies on Enrichment Levies and Special Education Funding

On Wednesday, January 23, 2019, following a work session K-12 and special education funding, WSPTA Advocacy Director Nancy Chamberlain testified on three bills related to making changes to local school district enrichment levies (SB 5313, SB 5316, and SB 5466). She also testified on two bills making changes to how school districts would be reimbursed…
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January 29, 2019

WSPTA Testifies on SB 5014, SB 5548 and SB 5146

On Friday, January 25, WSPTA President Michelle Nims gave testimony on three separate bills in front of the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee (click here for the full text). For SB 5014, she spoke in support of the bill which would delink state assessments from high school graduation requirements and shared stories. President…
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January 28, 2019

2019 Legislative Session – Week 3

Senate discusses levies, special education, health benefits, assessments Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant, legconsultant@wastatepta.org The Senate Ways & Means Committee kicked off the week with a work session on K-12 finance, changes to local levies, and special education funding. Segments are worth watching, and include OSPI, a school district panel of Seattle, Davenport…
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January 26, 2019

WSPTA Testimony on HB 1139 regarding the teacher shortage

On January 24, 2019, Jen Flood, the advocacy chair for the Mercer Island Council PTA testified in favor of HB 1139 to the House Education Committee. HB 1139, Expanding the Current and Future Educator Workforce Supply, aligns with one of our top five legislative priorities, “Strategies to Address the Teacher Shortage,” as voted on by…
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January 22, 2019

2019 Legislative Session – Week 2

66th Legislature kicks off with fast pace, bill hearings Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant, legconsultant@wastatepta.org As mentioned last week, it was clear the 2019 105-day session was going to be unusual, with nearly 300 bills introduced by the first day and some 750 bills by the end of the week. Budget committees started…
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