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March 1, 2021

2021 Focus on Advocacy – March 1 Report

Floor action to dominate legislative work Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant, legconsultant@wastatepta.org Following the fiscal cutoff on February 22, Washington state legislators turned their attention to floor action in a virtual world. In both the House and Senate, a limited number of lawmakers and staff are present. Most discussion is conducted with a…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

February 22, 2021

2021 Focus on Advocacy – February 22 Report

Governor signs stimulus bill, fiscal cutoff looms Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant, legconsultant@wastatepta.org On Friday, February 19, Governor Jay Inslee signed into law ESHB 1368, putting $2.2 billion into play across the state for activities related to economic and small business recovery, reopening schools, rental assistance, and COVID-related contact tracing, testing, and vaccinations.…
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February 19, 2021

WSPTA asks committee to pass lead in water testing bill

When the House Appropriations Committee heard testimony on HB 1139, taking action to address lead in water, Washington State PTA was there in full support. Hear Susan Baird-Joshi ask lawmakers to pass the bill and ensure districts have sufficient funding to complete any needed remediation. “Our children matter, and their health matters. Please pass this…
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February 17, 2021

WSPTA supports broadband infrastructure expansion

Continuing to speak in favor of bills that would expand broadband infrastructure across the state, Nancy Chamberlain asked House Capital Budget committee members for an amendment to ensure projects tapping public funds consult with school districts as part of their overall expansion plan. Listen here.  
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February 17, 2021

WSPTA Testifies – Senate committee hears Youth Tip Line bill

Speaking in favor of SSB 5327, WSPTA member Tanya Aggar told Senate Ways & Means Committee members that stopping the silence could save lives. The Senate bill would create an anonymous youth tip line for reporting concern for self-harm or harm to others. Hear Tanya’s testimony here.
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February 15, 2021

2021 Focus on Advocacy – February 15 Report

Ding, ding, ding – that’s the sign of the first cutoff! Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant, legconsultant@wastatepta.org Monday, February 15, marks the first cutoff of the session, signaling the Legislature is one-third of the way through this 105-day session. Most committees finished up their work by Friday, February 12, while a few will…
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February 10, 2021

WSPTA Supports Enrollment Stabilization bill

President Janice Kutzera weighed in Tuesday, February 9, in support of HB 1476, a bill to stabilize K-12 funding gaps due to enrollment decline in the majority of the state’s school districts. Listen here to President Kutzera. In addition, here is the short House Appropriations staff briefing on the bill.
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February 10, 2021

WSPTA Advocates for Choice in Social Studies Courses

Given only one minute to testify, WSPTA member Brian Duncan asked House Education Committee members to carefully consider HB 1396, which would limit student choice regarding social studies courses. Written testimony was also submitted. Hear Brian’s remarks here. Parent members who had signed in to speak on HB 1404 (highly capable students) and HB 1444…
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February 9, 2021

WSPTA Testifies: Measure to lower passing bonds to 55% gets hearing

The Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee heard SB 5386 and SJR 8204, a policy bill and constitutional amendment request that would lower the threshold to pass bond measures to 55 percent. Michelle Nims, former WSPTA president, testified in support of a simple majority for bonds, sharing a personal story on the Everett School…
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