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January 11, 2018

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.  
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative


January 3, 2018

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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Category: Advocacy , Events , Legislative


June 22, 2017

Inslee calls 3rd special session, tells legislature it’s time to get their work done

Wednesday, June 21st marked the end of the 2nd special session and the start of the 3rd special session. Governor Inslee called the third special session, clearly frustrated with the lack of progress. Under intense media questioning, Inslee said that he would veto a 30-day budget bill if one came to his desk. “The differences…
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Category: Legislative

April 24, 2017

Legislature Adjourns, Budgets/Education Unfinished

After a week of mundane business, punctuated with bill signings in the Governor’s office, the 2017 105-day session adjourned “sine die” Sunday around 11 a.m. Governor Jay Inslee is expected to officially call for a special session Monday. At a press conference April 21st, the Democratic governor expressed frustration that the Senate Republicans and House…
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Category: Advocacy , Education , Family Engagement , Health & Well-being , Legislative

April 25, 2016

Ed Funding Task Force Sets Interim Schedule, Topics to Start

Members of the eight-member Joint Legislative Education Funding Task Force created by ESSB 6195 during the 2016 session decided they would meet at least monthly starting in May, and would begin by “defining basic education.” The task force was created to identify a path forwardfor the state to reduce its reliance on local levies for funding…
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Category: Advocacy