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January 17, 2019

WSPTA testifies on HB 1010 and SB 5153 – January 15, 2019

On Tuesday, January 15, 2019, two WSPTA members journeyed to Olympia on behalf of the children of Washington state. Dr. Gwen Loosmoore of Mercer Island addressed the House Civil Rights and Judiciary Committee on HB 1010 concerning the disposition of forfeited firearms by the Washington state patrol. Dr. Loosmoore shared that Gun Violence Prevention as…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

January 17, 2019

WSPTA Testifies on HB 1109

On the opening day of the 2019 legislative session, WSPTA President Michelle Nims testified in front of the House Appropriations committee. President Nims thanked the legislature for its large investments in K-12 funding over the last several biennia and encouraged additional strategic investments to close the opportunity gaps facing students. She continued to share WSPTA’s…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

January 15, 2019

Advocacy in Olympia – Show Up to Speak Up on Focus Day February 11, 2019

WEAR BLUE to show PTA unity! Thank you for stepping up to advocate for kids, in person, to legislators! Below are some links to assist you with planning, tips for parking, navigating the Capitol and meeting with legislators. The Focus Day program will begin at 9am in the social hall of the United Churches of…
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Category: Advocacy , Events , Legislative

January 15, 2019

2019 Legislative Session – Week 1

105-day session kicks off January 14th with ceremonies and bills Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant, legconsultant@wastatepta.org The 66th Legislature convened Monday, January 14, 2019, with Democrats holding majorities in the House and Senate and in the Governor’s Office. Monday kicked off with swearing in a large group of new members, with family and…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

January 1, 2019

Show Up to Speak Up – Focus Day is February 11, 2019

by Nancy Chamberlain, WSPTA Advocacy Director PTA members adopted a new set of legislative priorities focusing on all aspects of the health, safety, well-being and education of children – and 1.1 million students need YOU to be their voice on Focus Day, February 11, 2019. What ARE our Priorities? How do you learn enough about…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

December 21, 2018

Washington State PTA’s Response to Federal School Safety Commission Report

After months of input, the Federal Commission on School Safety released its final report this week. The Washington State PTA (WSPTA) supports the National PTA statement expressing some concerns about several of the recommendations, including: The rollback of the 2014 guidance on school discipline from the U.S. Department of Education and Justice Department is particularly…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative , Safety

December 14, 2018

Washington State PTA Statement on Governor Jay Inslee’s 2019-21 Budget Proposals

Photo credit (Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press) “Washington State PTA (WSPTA) is very pleased with the direction of the Governor’s proposed two-year budget,” said Michelle Nims, president.  “At the top of our priorities is increasing the staffing for student well-being, including additional nurses, social workers, behavioral health specialists, psychologists, and counselors.  This budget starts with…
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Category: Legislative

October 25, 2018

40th Annual WSPTA Legislative Assembly Wrap-Up

Delegates from across Washington state gathered to adopt a brand-new two-year legislative platform and several new permanent advocacy positions, be inspired, receive advocacy training, and network with other passionate PTA members during the 40th annual WSPTA Legislative Assembly, October 20-21, at Green River College. Some highlights of the Assembly included a keynote address by the…
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Category: Advocacy , Events , Legislative

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