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October 19, 2017

Department of Health Launches Teen Marijuana Campaign

As a whole child advocacy association, WSPTA works with the Washington State Department of Health on many issues. Recently they shared with us their latest campaign, “Under the Influence…of You,” regarding talking with teens about marijuana. The Department of Health believe that partners like you are critical to successfully educating adults about the influence they…
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Category: Health & Well-being

October 11, 2017

Parents for Healthy Kids

National PTA and Action for Healthy Kids, with support from ALDI, have teamed up to create ParentsforHealthyKids.org, a new website that teaches parents how to get involved in school health and wellness to create healthier schools where kids can thrive. The site is unlike any other dedicated to school health—it’s by parents for parents, no…
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Category: Health & Well-being

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


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 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 21, 2017

Action Turns Again to Committees, Revenue Up

Action returns to policy and budget committees as the opposite chamber takes up bills that passed the original chamber. Policy committees have until March 29 to hear and act on policy bills; the fiscal cutoff is April 4th. Keep in mind that bills that get changed in the opposite chamber must return to the original chamber…
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Category: Education , Family Engagement , Health & Well-being , Legislative

March 16, 2017

WSPTA Bill Status & Week 11 Events Report

Monday, March 20 1:30 PM Early Learning & K-12 Education (Senate) – SHR 1, SHB 1046 – Public Hearing – Concerning certificates of academic and individual achievement. 1:30 PM Education (House) – HHR A SB 5070 – Public Hearing – Concerning para-educators. Tuesday, March 21 1:30 PM Early Learning & K-12 Education (Senate) – SHR…
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Category: Health & Well-being , Legislative

March 13, 2017

Levy Cliff Bill Causes Flurry of Last Minute Activity

In a surprise move March 8 before the 5 p.m. deadline, Senate Republicans brought a bill that would extend current local district levy authority through January 1, 2019. The expanded levy authority and linked levy equalization was put in place in the 2010 session, with the thought that the Legislature would have fully funded K-12…
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Category: Advocacy , Education , Family Engagement , Health & Well-being , Legislative