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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

March 30, 2017

WSPTA Week 13 Events Report

Next week the House Capital Budget committee plans to release its budget on April 5, hold the hearing on April 6 and markup on April 7; the current schedule does not show them working next weekend. The schedule is subject to change, but April 4 is the cutoff for bills with a fiscal impact, other than the “Necessary…
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Category: Legislative

March 27, 2017

Northshore WSPTA Volunteer Testifies on 2017-19 Biennium Budget

Nancy Chamberlain testifying on sufficient, sustainable, and equitable education funding. OLYMPIA – March 27 – WSPTA volunteer and mother of two, Dr. Nancy Chamberlain, testified in front of the House Appropriations Committee on HB 1067, which focuses on the 2017-19 fiscal biennium operating appropriations. She explained the mission of Washington State PTA and the vision of…
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Category: Advocacy , Education , Legislative

March 27, 2017

WSPTA Board Member Testifies for Social Emotional Learning

WSPTA Area D Vice President, Amanda Shipman testifies in favor of a SHB 1377 supporting social emotional learning. OLYMPIA – March 27 – Yakima parent and WSPTA Area D Vice President, Amanda Shipman, testified in favor of SHB 1377; a bill designed to support student social emotional learning and collaboration among school psychologists, social workers,…
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Category: Advocacy , Health & Well-being , Legislative

March 23, 2017

Legislative Session: Week 12 Events Report

Below is next week’s schedule and testimony opportunities.   3/27 @ 1:30pm: Early Learning & K-12 Education (Senate) – SHR 1, JACB  SHB 1377 – Public Hearing – Improving students’ mental health by enhancing non-academic professional services. 3/27 @ 3:30pm: Appropriations (House) – HHR A, JLOB  HB 1067 – Public Hearing – Making 2017-2019 fiscal…
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Category: Advocacy , Education , Legislative

March 23, 2017

WSPTA Testimony in Favor of College Bound Scholarship

Parent advocate, Heidi Bennett, testifying in favor of expanding the College Bound Scholarship. Thursday, March 23 (Olympia) – Long-time parent advocate Heidi Bennett spoke to the Senate Higher Education Committee in favor of expanding eligibility for the College Bound scholarship in HB 1512. “I’m also a first generation college graduate who relied on state aid…
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Category: Advocacy , Education , Legislative

March 22, 2017

Parent Testimony In Favor of Breakfast after the Bell and Bond Bills

Heather Lindberg, Vancouver PTA Council 3.7 President, testifying on behalf of simple majority for bond bills. On behalf of Washington State PTA (WSPTA) Vancouver parent and PTA council leader, Heather Lindberg, pulled double duty in Olympia on March 21. She first testified in the Senate education committee in support of HB 1508, Breakfast after the…
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Category: Education , Legislative