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May 25, 2017

WSPTA Seeking Members to Fill Leadership Roles

As the largest volunteer organization in the state, the Washington State PTA (WSPTA) has many opportunities for members to volunteer, lead, engage, and contribute. Every community has available talent and resources that will benefit the PTA and, in turn, the students. People are more supportive of public education when asked to share some of their time as…
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Category: Awards , Leadership , Programs , Training



May 15, 2017

Washington State Board of Education May Meeting Highlights

Highlights from the May 2017 State Board of Education meeting are below. You can find packet materials through links in the text, or review all meeting and additional materials online. You can also watch videos of the meeting, by agenda section, online. SBE voted on the following business items: The Board approved the list of Private Schools…
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Category: Education , Legislative


May 12, 2017

State Board of Education Adopts Resolution on Biology Graduation Requirement

Washington State PTA has supported efforts that would eliminate the state-mandated requirement to pass high school assessments in order to graduate, and has actively supported legislation in the 2017 session to “delink” the test passing requirement from graduation. The State Board of Education (SBE) recently adopted a clear position to remove the requirement to pass…
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Category: Education , Legislative

May 4, 2017

104th Annual #WSPTAconvention Summary

It was such a pleasure to welcome so many members to our 104th Annual #WSPTAconvention! Enthusiasm and energy filled the days and helped make this year’s event fun and gratifying. As in years past, we developed a program full of opportunities for PTA leaders to learn and grow in their leadership skills, discover the power of…
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Category: Advocacy , Awards , Education , Events , Family Engagement , Leadership , Legislative , Membership , Programs , Reflections , Training

May 3, 2017

OSPI Receives Prestigious Washington State PTA Friend of Children Award

Tacoma, WA (May 3, 2017): The Washington State Parent Teacher Association (WSPTA) held its 104th Annual Convention the weekend of April 28-30 in Seattle, Washington, with over 850 state leaders in attendance. There, participants attended classes and honored those who continue to serve and support the vision of the association: “Making every child’s potential a…
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Category: Awards , Events

May 3, 2017

Dueling Assessment Bills

Returning to Olympia for floor action May 2, the Senate passed SB 5891 (de-linking the biology end of course) and the House passed HB 1046 (de-linking all state assessments from graduation). Both bills passed unanimously. The House came on the floor at 10 a.m. and passed about a dozen bills, including breakfast after the bell…
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Category: Advocacy , Education , Legislative

May 1, 2017

Senate Budget Committee Hears Bill on Tax Increases, Bills Signed/Vetoed

On May 1, the Washington State Legislature will enter the second week of a 30-day special session. Senate budget committee heard testimony for and against tax proposals Wednesday, April 26. Parents, social services advocates and those seeking a more “progressive” tax structure testified in favor, while small and large business owners opposed. The Republican-controlled committee…
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Category: Advocacy , Education , Legislative