WSPTA Testifies on Proposed Changes to the Education Funding Law
WSPTA Legislative Director Nancy Chamberlain and WSPTA Region 6 Legislative Chair Heidi Bennett testified before the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee on four bills that proposed many changes to the education funding law passed last year. For a review of the WSPTA testimony click here.
WSPTA Gives Testimony – HB 2698
Speaking on behalf of the Washington State PTA, Beth Sigall testified in favor of HB 2698, which would extend some of deadlines for paraeducator standards adopted last session, and fund $500,000 in training costs for paraeducators across the state. Standards for paraeducators is one of WSPTA’s Top 5 issues for the 2018 session. For more…
Week 3 Legislative Bill Tracker
Week 2 of the Legislative Session saw the passage of the 2017-19 capital budget as detailed in the WSPTA weekly recap. 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 3. WSPTA Week 3
Legislative Session – Week 2 Recap
The biggest news of the past week was the passage of the 2017-19 capital budget on January 18th. The logjam was broken when a compromise was reached among all four caucuses to overturn a Supreme Court October 2016 decision, informally called “Hirst.” View the Week 2 Recap here.
Legislative Session – Week 1 Recap
When the 2018 session opened for business Monday, January 8th, the committee schedule left no doubt that this session’s pace would be more like the Fast and Furious and not Driving Miss Daisy. View the Week 1 Recap here.
Week 2 Legislative Schedule and Bill Tracker
Week 1 of the Legislative Session was fast and furious! WSPTA members testified 4 times, and one of our top 5 Legislative Priorities, Breakfast After the Bell, was approved by the full House. Keep up with bills and committee hearings related to WSPTA member-generated Legislative Priorities and long-term positions – see the attached report for…
WSPTA President Testifies on Governor’s Budget
WSPTA President Michelle Nims testified in support of Governor Inslee’s supplemental operating budget before House and Senate budget committees. Michelle also stressed the importance of funding family and community engagement coordinators at every school, phased in by high-poverty schools first. For a complete review of testimony, click here.
Weekly Legislative Schedule (topics subject to change)
The following legislative schedule includes information related to committee hearings and legislative action related to WSPTA’s priorities and positions adopted at legislative assemblies and other areas of interest. Week 1 WSPTA
WSPTA NEEDS ALL MEMBERS TO ADVOCATE ON PTA PRIORITIES!
Did you know that legislators hear more about the number of chickens allowed in backyards than about K-12 schools? Every year, members decide on our legislative priorities, and WSPTA wants to make it easier for our members to connect with decision-makers to let them know that we care about the success of each and every…
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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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