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March 1, 2019

Core Plus Aerospace: High School Curriculum Helps WA Students Launch Manufacturing Careers

“Anyone can have a job. But, when you leave here, you can have a career.” That’s according to Kareen Morales Vincent, an aerospace manufacturing instructor at Sno-Isle TECH Skills Center in Everett. Kareen is one of the many teachers using Core Plus Aerospace to help Washington high school students gain science, math, and English skills…
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Category: Education

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


February 2, 2018

Scholarship Information for Graduating Seniors

There are many scholarship opportunities available for graduating seniors in addition to the WSPTA scholarship. Information about the WSPTA application can be found by clicking here including the link to the online application form. OSPI has released information on a number of options and we have provided their websites listed below. Make sure you review…
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Category: Education

December 18, 2017

Governor’s 2018 budget would close gap mandated by Court

In his 2018 supplemental operating budget, Democratic Governor Jay Inslee proposed spending $950 million to reach full funding of state salary allocations for educators and school staff in the 2018-19 school year. This would move up the state’s salary phase-in by a year, which would resolve the problem raised by the Supreme Court last month…
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Category: Advocacy , Education , Legislative

December 15, 2017

WSPTA Invited to Press Conference for the Release of Governor Inslee’s 2018 Supplemental Budget

Flanked by leaders from the Washington State PTA and the Washington Education Association, Governor Jay Inslee released his proposed 2018 supplemental budget Thursday morning. Also invited to speak at the press conference was Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal. Hear WSPTA President Michelle Nims’ speech, as she represents over 133,000 members, and the details about…
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Category: Advocacy , Education , Legislative

November 16, 2017

November 15 Supreme Court McCLeary Ruling Summation from Network for Excellence in Washington Schools (NEWS)

WSPTA is an original member of The Network for Excellence in Washington Schools (NEWS). Below is a summation from NEWS of yesterday’s ruling. The Supreme Court’s November 15, 2017 Order did three things: It unanimously rejected the State’s claim that the 2017 legislature satisfied the court orders in the McCleary case. It unanimously rejected the…
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Category: Advocacy , Education , Legislative

October 25, 2017

State Assistant Attorney General asks Supreme Court to End McCleary Case

Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant, legconsultant@wastatepta.org In oral arguments before the Supreme Court on October 24, 2017, state Assistant Attorney General Alan Copsey asked the Court to find that the state is in compliance with amply funding education and to close the case. In the event the Court was concerned about the two-biennium…
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Category: Advocacy , Education , Legislative

June 29, 2017

Central Kitsap High PTSA One of Five Nationally to Earn NPTA Flash Funding

Congratulations to Central Kitsap High School PTSA 1.3.50 in Silverdale for being one of five PTAs across the country to receive “flash funding” from National PTA. GoFundMe enabled the local PTAs to receive the surprise funding during PTA Teacher Appreciation Week after reviewing narratives from a number of PTAs. Congratulations especially to Principal Stephen Coons…
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Category: Awards , Education , Leadership

June 5, 2017

Op-Ed Article by Representatives Dolan and Stonier

Here is an informative op-ed piece (Seattle Times) from two state representatives, Dolan and Stonier, that supports WSPTA’s Resolution 18.13, which states no single factor should determine a student’s advancement such as graduation from high school. HB 1046, the bill that has passed the state House three times by a wide bipartisan margin, would still require the…
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Category: Education , Legislative