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January 24, 2022

2022 Focus on Advocacy – January 24 Report

Senate and House advance improved school staffing bills Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant, legconsultant@wastatepta.org Student mental health and the lack of school nurses and other professionals focused on student social and emotional health has been the topic of work sessions, public hearings, and executive action during the first two weeks of this 60-day…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

January 21, 2022

WSPTA testifies in favor of safe storage of firearms and medications

Safe storage of firearms and medications is the topic of HB 1759. Dr. Gwen Loosmore testified in favor of the bill and encouraged the Legislature to adopt the measure that will help districts share information with students and families through websites and social media on this important topic.
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative


January 21, 2022

Call to Action – Focus on Safety

Dear Washington State PTA Member, Students and families deserve to be safe and healthy in their school, homes, and communities, with a livable future for our children. But unfortunately, what we are seeing in our state is concerning: Firearms are the second leading cause of death in children and 4.6 million children live in a…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

January 20, 2022

WSPTA Student Voices Testify for Financial Literacy

At the request of Washington State PTA, two students testified January 18 in favor of financial literacy in the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Committee. Jackson Adams is a student in the Walla Walla School District and Kellen Hoard is a student in the Northshore School District. Hear their testimony here and here. Both students…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

January 20, 2022

Call to Action – Focus on Preserving Funding

Dear Washington State PTA member, Right now, we need your voice more than ever as our Washington state legislature grapples with funding choices. We still have not returned back to school the way it was prior to the pandemic, and we need you to speak up. Legislators often comment that they don’t hear enough from…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

January 19, 2022

Call to Action – Focus on Mental Health

Dear Washington State PTA member, Insufficient funding for mental health and social emotional learning staff in our schools is an urgent need across our state. For the emotional health of our students, we need decision makers to support legislation that: Increases the state funding model for staffing school mental health professionals. Utilizes innovative funding solutions…
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January 18, 2022

WSPTA Speaks in favor of Simple Majority for Bonds

Speaking in favor of WSPTA’s long-standing position in support of simple majority for bonds, Melissa Stone urged legislators to pass HB 1226 and HJR 4200 to build a foundation that supports student success. The bills were being heard in the House Education Committee and are scheduled for executive action Friday, January 21.
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

January 18, 2022

Call to Action – Focus on Equity

Dear Washington State PTA member, Washington State PTA believes that great educational outcomes are possible for all students, but unfortunately, some students continue to experience barriers and inequities preventing them from reaching their potential in our state: As of 2020, 68% of districts (urban and rural) report that some students have no access to broadband…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative