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May 3, 2017

Dueling Assessment Bills

Returning to Olympia for floor action May 2, the Senate passed SB 5891 (de-linking the biology end of course) and the House passed HB 1046 (de-linking all state assessments from graduation). Both bills passed unanimously. The House came on the floor at 10 a.m. and passed about a dozen bills, including breakfast after the bell…
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Category: Advocacy , Education , Legislative

May 1, 2017

Senate Budget Committee Hears Bill on Tax Increases, Bills Signed/Vetoed

On May 1, the Washington State Legislature will enter the second week of a 30-day special session. Senate budget committee heard testimony for and against tax proposals Wednesday, April 26. Parents, social services advocates and those seeking a more “progressive” tax structure testified in favor, while small and large business owners opposed. The Republican-controlled committee…
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Category: Advocacy , Education , Legislative

April 24, 2017

Legislature Adjourns, Budgets/Education Unfinished

After a week of mundane business, punctuated with bill signings in the Governor’s office, the 2017 105-day session adjourned “sine die” Sunday around 11 a.m. Governor Jay Inslee is expected to officially call for a special session Monday. At a press conference April 21st, the Democratic governor expressed frustration that the Senate Republicans and House…
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Category: Advocacy , Education , Family Engagement , Health & Well-being , Legislative


April 14, 2017

Push For Action To Help Children in Washington

The advocacy work of Washington State PTA is directed by our member-approved resolutions , principles, and legislative platform. Legislative Platform The Washington State PTA legislative platform is a two-year platform to mirror the Washington state legislative cycle. On the even-numbered years, the new platform is voted on by members at the legislative assembly in the fall.…
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Category: Advocacy , Education , Family Engagement , Health & Well-being , Legislative , Membership

April 13, 2017

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Workgroups Reconvening

Washington state is making progress on an accountability plan for the success of all students OLYMPIA — APRIL 12, 2017 — Three workgroups – two that are reconvening and one that is new – are playing a key role in writing and developing Washington state’s education plan to the federal government. On Jan. 10, Superintendent Chris Reykdal…
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Category: Advocacy , Education , Legislative


April 2, 2017

House Ups Ante with $44.9B Spending Plan, Senate Capital Budget Passed

This was a busy week, with a big policy cutoff on March 29. In addition, House Democrats announced their “Families First” budget March 27, increasing policy level spending to a net of $3.2 billion. The two-year spending plan is balanced on $3 billion in new revenues from a combination of sources, $206 million in assumed…
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Category: Advocacy , Education , Family Engagement , Legislative

March 31, 2017

Double Parent Testimony for Family Engagement and Social Emotional Learning

Jessica Garcia testifies in support of SHB 1618: Engagement Coordinators Bellevue parent, Jessica Garcia, reprised her testimony in support of the family and community engagement bill, SHB 1618, March 30, but this time with the Senate budget committee. Jessica shared the difference a person equivalent to the FACE coordinator defined in the bill helped the…
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Category: Advocacy , Education , Family Engagement , Legislative

March 30, 2017

Breakfast After the Bell – Action Needed Today! *URGENT*

One of Washington State PTA’s top priorities is passing “Breakfast after the Bell” legislation this session. The bill would require schools with at least 70% poverty to offer breakfast to all students after the bell rings. You know that hungry children can’t learn – this bill will go a long way to helping students focus…
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Category: Advocacy , Health & Well-being , Legislative