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April 19, 2021

2021 Focus on Advocacy – April 19 Report

All that’s left is for the lady to sing… Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant, legconsultant@wastatepta.org Only one week remains in the 67th legislative session, and there is actually a lot that’s left to do before that famous lady sings the final song: budgets, the climate commitment act, a capital gains tax, and a…
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April 12, 2021

2021 Focus on Advocacy – April 12 Report

Act Now: write your legislators and preserve K-12 funding Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant, legconsultant@wastatepta.org This is the week that budget negotiators will begin working what is called the “differences list,” which is exactly what it sounds like – a list of differences between the House and Senate budget proposals. Negotiators will start…
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April 5, 2021

2021 Focus on Advocacy – April 5 Report

Tell legislators to preserve K-12 funding this session Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant, legconsultant@wastatepta.org Now that both chambers have released and passed their versions of a two-year operating budget, here are some suggestions of where to spend your advocacy efforts – please tell your legislators and budget writers to: Fund the actual costs…
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April 1, 2021

House School Seismic Safety Retrofit Gets Praise

Registered professional engineer and WSPTA parent advocate DaleAnn Baker thanked House Capital Budget Committee members for their $65 million investment in the school seismic safety retrofit program. The Senate was not as generous, with a proposal of only $3.1 million. Seismic safety is one element of the legislative platform adopted last fall by members at…
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March 29, 2021

2021 Focus on Advocacy – March 29 Report

Budgets released, different approaches for K-12 Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant, legconsultant@wastatepta.org Last week the Senate and House Democrats released transportation, operating and capital budgets, starting with transportation on Monday; the House capital budget Wednesday evening; the Senate operating and capital budgets on Thursday; and the House operating budget on Friday. The Senate…
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March 24, 2021

Stabilizing K-12 Funding a Priority This Session

Last fall members adopted a position in support of preserving K-12 education funding under the pandemic. At issue was a possible $9 billion budget deficit that could lead to reduced state funding and mid-year cuts. Fortunately, the state’s economy is recovering and a third infusion of federal stimulus funds is forthcoming. Lizzy Sebring asked Senate…
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March 22, 2021

2021 Focus on Advocacy – March 22 Report

Revenue forecast up, budgets to be released this week Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant, legconsultant@wastatepta.org As anticipated, the March 17 revenue forecast presented by state chief economist Steve Lerch was positive – for the 2019-21 biennium, the forecast was increased by $1.34 billion and for the 2021-23 biennium it increased by nearly $1.95…
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March 20, 2021

WSPTA asks for changes to “transpo fix” bill

Speaking with concerns about E2SSB 5128, the bill designed to preserve transportation funding despite reduced ridership this school year, parent advocate Heidi Bennett urged House Education Committee members to reject language that would require districts to use federal ESSER funds to backfill state funding rather than support student learning recovery programs. Listen to Heidi here.…
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March 20, 2021

WSPTA Supports Graduation Flexibility

SHB 1162 would allow students to graduate with 20 credits, as long as the student had completed the 17 core credits and 3 personal pathways credits related to their high school and beyond plan. The bill also would create a new graduation pathway option – the performance exhibit. Michelle Nims voiced WSPTA support for the…
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March 15, 2021

WSPTA Supports school-based health centers

Heidi Zamora had her testimony ready to go when SHB 1225 was heard in the House policy committee but, unfortunately, the committee ran out of time for all the speakers. She had a chance to dust it off and speak in favor of the Legislature adopting this bill, which would create a grant program to…
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