PTA Advocates Made a Difference During Advocacy Week 2018
Advocacy Week kicked of on Monday, January 29, with the annual WSPTA Focus Day, a day for members to come to Olympia. More than 50 advocates, from Arlington to Vancouver, met with legislators, delivered postcards from members not in attendance, and distributed the 2018 WSPTA Legislative Priorities. WSPTA President Michelle Nims, Legislative Director Nancy Chamberlain,…
WSPTA Bill Status Report – End of Week 5
Keep up with the bills and committee hearings related to WSPTA member-generated Legislative Priorities and long-term positions – see the attached report for our Bill Tracker for the End of Week 5.
Legislative Session – Week 5 Recap
Another deadline passed last Tuesday, with bills required to move out of fiscal committees unless they had a direct impact on the budget. Failing to make it out of the House Appropriations Committee were any of the 2242 fix bills. Also failing were the two IB bills in the House (although SB 5917 is still…
WSPTA Bill Status Report – End of Week 4
Keep up with the bills and committee hearings related to WSPTA member-generated Legislative Priorities and long-term positions – see the attached report for our Bill Tracker for the End of Week 4.
Legislative Session – Week 4 Recap
Friday, February 2 marked the first of many deadlines the Legislature has imposed to keep the flow of business moving forward to a March 8th finale. Tuesday, February 6 will be the next cutoff, when bills with a fiscal impact must have passed out of their respective budget committees. After Tuesday, action will turn to…
Legislative Session – Week 3 Recap
A lively two-hour hearing on January 22 offered an opportunity for school district leaders and education stakeholders to address implementation issues with last year’s EHB 2242, the education funding overhaul bill that passed the Legislature with no time for review. View the Week 3 Recap here.
Week 4 Legislative Bill Tracker
Keep up with the bills and committee hearings related to WSPTA member-generated Legislative Priorities and long-term positions – see the attached report for our Bill Tracker moving into week 4.
WSPTA Testifies on HB 2927
House Education Committee members heard from Washington State PTA’s Sebrena Burr on HB 2927, concerning highly capable students at a hearing Monday, January 29. Announced as a 15-minute hearing, the testimony stretched into nearly 30 minutes as speaker after speaker expressed why it was important to pass this bill this session. Update: On February 2,…
WSPTA Testifies in favor of an improved school construction assistance program
WSPTA Region 6 Director Sherry Rudolph joined school district advocates speaking in favor of an improved school construction assistance program that updates formulas for student space allocations and more accurately reflects actual costs.
Call to Action: Amply Fund Basic Education
Dear Washington State PTA member, Ample funding of basic education has been a WSPTA legislative priority for decades, and last year the legislature made progress. There are currently several bills receiving hearings that seek to address some of the remaining issues with the new funding law. We are asking you to contact your legislators with…