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February 26, 2020

Call to Action: Paraeducator Funding

Dear Washington State PTA member, Paraeducators are the only educators who spend their entire workday with students, directly assisting them in learning, growing and navigating the world around them. Many paraeducators begin as PTA volunteers and continue to develop their relationships with these students in their own communities. We are asking you to contact your…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

February 25, 2020

2020 Legislative Session – Look Ahead to Week 7

Legislative Session Highlights The legislative session has passed the halfway point. Of the more than 4,600 bills on the docket (including those automatically reintroduced from the last session), fewer than 600 remain “alive” after last Wednesday’s House of Origin cut-off deadline. The House and Senate are releasing their supplemental budgets on Monday, February 24. Keep up…
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February 25, 2020

Call to Action: Equity in the Identifying of Highly Capable Students

Dear Washington State PTA member, Highly Capable programs across the state do not currently reflect the demographic makeup of the communities in which they reside. Children in poverty and from minority groups are 2.5 less likely to be identified for, and in, highly capable programs. We are asking you to contact your legislators with the…
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February 24, 2020

Call to Action: Best Practices for School Meals

Dear Washington State PTA member, WSPTA recognizes that schools play a critical role in providing access to adequate nutrition and the formation of healthy eating habits that are a cornerstone to health, well-being, learning, and academic achievement. For too many Washington students, meals at school are their only food for the day. Without adequate time…
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February 19, 2020

WSPTA Board Position Statement – Sexual Health Education

The WSPTA board of directors adopted a legislative position at their winter board meeting concerning equitable access to consistent and comprehensive sexual health education across our state. Current legislation on this topic is pending in Olympia and the parent voice will be important as local implementation phases in. Local PTAs and councils are encouraged to…
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February 18, 2020

2020 Legislative Session – Week 5 Recap and Look Ahead to Week 6

Lawmakers expect positive revenues February 19 Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant, legconsultant@wastatepta.org Wednesday, February 19 is the next revenue forecast. Budget writers will meet to hear the most recent revenue projections for the 2019-21 and 2021-23 budget years. At this time, lawmakers are expecting a positive difference for the 2019-21 biennium, which could…
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February 11, 2020

Call to Action: Prevent Gun Violence – Concerning High-Capacity Magazines

Dear Washington State PTA member, Please contact your legislators and help advocate to support of the Washington State PTA’s top 5 issue “Prevent Gun Violence”. High-capacity magazines are used in the nation’s deadliest shootings, and common-sense restrictions will keep our communities safer. Click here to view a message from National PTA President Leslie Boggs encouraging…
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February 10, 2020

It’s Time to Act Collectively For Our Children’s Safety

National PTA President Leslie Boggs speaks to WSPTA members This week WSPTA is asking you to join parent voices around the nation to take a stand against gun violence and high-capacity weapons. All children no matter where they live, learn and play, deserve a safe space to thrive. Please take the time to watch this…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative , Safety

February 10, 2020

2020 Legislative Session – Week 4 Recap and Look Ahead to Week 5

Friday cutoff first of many deadlines to March 12 session end Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant, legconsultant@wastatepta.org Friday, February 7 was the deadline for policy bills to pass out of their respective policy committees. This first deadline usually catches most of the bills not destined to be awarded with enactment into law. The…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative