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February 21, 2024

WSPTA Testifies: Dual and Tribal Language Education

Advocacy in Action! In a bill-packed day, WSPTA Advocacy member Danica Noble testified in favor of 3SHB 1228, building a multilingual, multiliterate Washington through dual and tribal language education. Danica shared her students’ experiences with a dual language program and encouraged the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee to pass the bill so that…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

February 20, 2024

WSPTA Testifies: Urging Further Education Investments

Advocacy in Action! WSPTA President Angela Steck testified during the Senate Ways & Means meeting on Monday, February 19 on the proposed 2024 supplemental operating budget, SSB 5950. While the Senate proposal supports a small increase in special education, additional transportation funding for McKinney Vento students, and an increase in ratios for paraeducators, Angela expressed…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

February 15, 2024

WSPTA Testifies: Dual Credit Programs & Graduation Requirements

Advocacy in Action! WSPTA Advocacy Committee member Natalya Yudkovsky testified in support of HB 1146, requiring school districts to provide information about dual credit programs and any financial assistance available to reduce dual credit and exam costs for students and their families.  In addition to supporting the bill in the Senate Early Learning & K-12…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

February 12, 2024

Senator Murray concerned about early learning & equitable education funding

By Danica Noble, WSPTA Federal Legislative Committee Last December, I met with Senator Patty Murray’s policy advisor on education in Washington, D.C. as a member of Washington State PTA’s Federal Legislative Committee. We explored common ground, as WSPTA had recently adopted Resolution 18.45 “High-quality Preschool to Third Grade Early Learning,” one of Senator Murray’s priorities.…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

February 8, 2024

WSPTA Recognized for Advocacy Efforts

Washington State PTA is proud to be the 2024 recipient of the Outstanding State PTA Advocacy Award, as recognized by National PTA. This honor is awarded to one state PTA whose efforts positively affected legislative and/or regulatory policy aligned with National PTA’s current public policy platform, such as family engagement, school safety, welcoming/inclusive schools, and digital safety.  …
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

February 7, 2024

WSPTA Testifies: Increased Allocation for Materials, Supplies, and Operating Costs

Advocacy in Action! Shoreline School District parent advocate Michelle Harris testified on behalf of Washington State PTA in strong support of HB 2494, increasing the allocation for Materials, Supplies, and Operating Costs. Michelle shared that for her district, skyrocketing insurance increases will cost $2 million or about 8% of the enrichment levy. Watch Michelle here.…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

February 6, 2024

Mid-Week Update: Fiscal cutoff spells end for more bills

By Marie Sullivan, legconsultant@wastatepta.org Monday, February 5 was the final day for bills to pass out of the fiscal committees in the chamber in which they started. The exceptions to this are revenue bills and any bills labeled Necessary to Implement the Budget or NTIB. And, as a reminder, no bill is ever officially done…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

February 6, 2024

Summer EBT Food Program Requires Support from Olympia

by Nigar Suleman, WSPTA Federal Legislative Committee, and Susan Baird-Joshi, WSPTA Federal Legislative Chair  Due to the Public Health Emergency expiring, 2023 was the last year for Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) food benefits. Now, thanks to new federal funding initiatives, benefits that aim to reduce child hunger when school is not in session will…
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Category: Advocacy , Health & Well-being , Legislative

February 1, 2024

2024 Washington Legislative Page Applications are Open 

Last day to apply is February 9, 2024  During the legislative session, students from across Washington come to Olympia to serve as pages for the Washington State Legislature. Each week, the House and Senate provide pages the opportunity to take part in the legislative process and observe the Legislature and other branches of state government…
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Category: Advocacy , Education , Family Engagement , Legislative

January 22, 2024

Advocates Assemble! WSPTA at Focus on Advocacy Day 2024

It’s hard to believe it’s already been a week since hundreds of PTA advocates assembled in Olympia for the 2024 edition of Focus on Advocacy Day. We wanted to share some photos from the day, including the terrific image below of parents, students, educators, and advocates from across Washington standing on the Capitol steps. WSPTA…
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Category: Advocacy , Events , Legislative