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December 1, 2019

2019 WSPTA Legislative Assembly Recap

Attendees to the 2019 WSPTA Legislative Assembly kept up to a relentless pace of attending classes, issue topic education, caucusing and consideration of resolutions and issues. The theme at this year’s sold-out event at Bellevue College in Bellevue, WA was “Superheroes of Advocacy”. The event kicked off with a general session bipartisan legislator panel featuring…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

September 25, 2019

Welcome to WSPTA’s 41st Annual Legislative Assembly

Dear PTA leaders and members, On behalf of your Washington State PTA board of directors and staff, I would like to invite you to attend the 41st annual WSPTA Legislative Assembly taking place October 26-27, 2019 at the Bellevue College in Bellevue. At legislative assembly, you will discover the power PTA has to advocate for…
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Category: Advocacy , Events , Legislative


June 28, 2019

2019 Legislative Session End of Session Report

Prepared for the Washington State PTA By Legislative Consultant Marie Sullivan Legislature ends session on time, passes $52.4 billion operating budget For the first time since 2009, the Washington State Legislature ended a 105-day budget session on time with just minutes to spare. This was the second year in a row, however, for lawmakers to…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative


April 29, 2019

2019 Legislative Session Ends on Time – Sine Die!

Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant, legconsultant@wastatepta.org Moments before midnight, it all came together – miraculously! The Senate concurred with the House changes to SB 5313; passed HB 2163, the hold harmless bill, by a margin of 41-7(!), and passed an operating budget in record time. The House also rapidly passed an operating budget and…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

April 24, 2019

Call to Action – Increase the Levy Authority

Dear Washington State PTA member, Please contact your legislators and help advocate to increase funding to support the Washington State PTA’s top 5 issue “Strategic K-12 Investments to Close Gaps”. Too many districts are facing huge shortfalls which penalize students and especially those most at risk. Click here to participate through The Action Network. You can…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative


April 22, 2019

2019 Legislative Session – Week 15

It’s the final countdown Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant, legconsultant@wastatepta.org The Legislature has one week left in the regular 105-day session and odds are against them finishing on time. In fact, lawmakers haven’t ended a regular budget session on time since 2009, when the state was facing serious cuts to programs to make…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative