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January 12, 2018

Week 2 Legislative Schedule and Bill Tracker

Week 1 of the Legislative Session was fast and furious! WSPTA members testified 4 times, and one of our top 5 Legislative Priorities, Breakfast After the Bell, was approved by the full House. Keep up with bills and committee hearings related to WSPTA member-generated Legislative Priorities and long-term positions – see the attached report for…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

January 11, 2018

WSPTA President Testifies on Governor’s Budget

WSPTA President Michelle Nims testified in support of Governor Inslee’s supplemental operating budget before House and Senate budget committees. Michelle also stressed the importance of funding family and community engagement coordinators at every school, phased in by high-poverty schools first. For a complete review of testimony, click here.  
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative


January 3, 2018

WSPTA NEEDS ALL MEMBERS TO ADVOCATE ON PTA PRIORITIES!

Did you know that legislators hear more about the number of chickens allowed in backyards than about K-12 schools? Every year, members decide on our legislative priorities, and WSPTA wants to make it easier for our members to connect with decision-makers to let them know that we care about the success of each and every…
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Category: Advocacy , Events , Legislative

December 18, 2017

Governor’s 2018 budget would close gap mandated by Court

In his 2018 supplemental operating budget, Democratic Governor Jay Inslee proposed spending $950 million to reach full funding of state salary allocations for educators and school staff in the 2018-19 school year. This would move up the state’s salary phase-in by a year, which would resolve the problem raised by the Supreme Court last month…
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Category: Advocacy , Education , Legislative

December 15, 2017

WSPTA Invited to Press Conference for the Release of Governor Inslee’s 2018 Supplemental Budget

Flanked by leaders from the Washington State PTA and the Washington Education Association, Governor Jay Inslee released his proposed 2018 supplemental budget Thursday morning. Also invited to speak at the press conference was Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal. Hear WSPTA President Michelle Nims’ speech, as she represents over 133,000 members, and the details about…
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Category: Advocacy , Education , Legislative

November 16, 2017

November 15 Supreme Court McCLeary Ruling Summation from Network for Excellence in Washington Schools (NEWS)

WSPTA is an original member of The Network for Excellence in Washington Schools (NEWS). Below is a summation from NEWS of yesterday’s ruling. The Supreme Court’s November 15, 2017 Order did three things: It unanimously rejected the State’s claim that the 2017 legislature satisfied the court orders in the McCleary case. It unanimously rejected the…
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Category: Advocacy , Education , Legislative

October 25, 2017

State Assistant Attorney General asks Supreme Court to End McCleary Case

Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant, legconsultant@wastatepta.org In oral arguments before the Supreme Court on October 24, 2017, state Assistant Attorney General Alan Copsey asked the Court to find that the state is in compliance with amply funding education and to close the case. In the event the Court was concerned about the two-biennium…
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Category: Advocacy , Education , Legislative