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February 1, 2021

WSPTA Weighs in on SRO Bill

HB 1214 would make changes to laws adopted in the 2019 legislative session regarding training for school resource officers and data collection. Nancy Chamberlain speaks in favor of the bill while asking for an amendment to strengthen training requirements. Listen to Nancy’s testimony here.
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February 1, 2021

2021 Focus on Advocacy – February 1 Report

Legislature likely to act this week on $2.2 billion relief package Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant, legconsultant@wastatepta.org Last week’s report covered the unveiling of the Democrats’ COVID-relief package, which is broken into several large “buckets,” including $688 million for K-12 public schools. HB 1368 had a public hearing on January 26 and passed…
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January 29, 2021

WSPTA Testifies on SB 5128, a transportation funding fix

WSPTA member Heidi Bennett spoke on SB 5128, a transportation funding fix, in the Senate Ways & Means Committee on January 28. Bennett thanked lawmakers but encouraged them to keep districts as whole as possible, because districts incurred costs bringing school to students when students couldn’t come to them or, for districts that have been…
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January 29, 2021

WSPTA Weighs in on Broadband Bill

Washington State PTA members adopted a position last fall to close the digital divide. Hear members Nancy Chamberlain and Tori Emerson speak in favor of a bill that would expand broadband access across the state by extending retail sales authority to public entities like cities and PUDs. Listen to Nancy and Tori’s testimony here, given…
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January 25, 2021

2021 Focus on Advocacy – January 25 Report

Democrats unveil $2.2 billion relief package Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant, legconsultant@wastatepta.org Friday afternoon, Democratic state legislators announced a $2.2 billion package for COVID-relief, including $688 million for K-12 public schools. Lawmakers use the majority of the second round of federal funding ($1.8 billion) to plug holes in the economy and respond to…
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January 22, 2021

Call to Action – Focus on Safety

Dear Washington State PTA Member, What issues concern you about the physical safety, health and well-being of your student(s) at school? Students and families deserve to be safe and healthy in their schools, homes, and communities, with a livable future for our children. But unfortunately, in Washington state: During the 2018-19 school year, our state…
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January 21, 2021

Call to Action – Support Student Success by Preserving Education Funding

Dear Washington State PTA member, Right now, we need your voice more than ever as our Washington state legislature grapples with funding choices. We know this year is like no other and we need you to speak up. Legislators often comment that they don’t hear enough from parents – you can change that. Please take…
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January 20, 2021

Call to Action – Focus on Mental Health

Dear Washington State PTA Member, Insufficient funding for mental health and social emotional learning staff in our schools is an urgent need across our state. For the emotional health of our students, we need decision makers to support legislation that: Increases the state funding model for staffing school mental health professionals. Prioritizes funding to those…
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January 19, 2021

Call to Action – Focus on Equity

Dear Washington State PTA member, Throughout our state, students continue to experience barriers and inequities preventing them from reaching their potential in our state: As of 2020, 68% of districts (urban and rural) report that some students have no access to broadband or smart phone data. When districts had to flip to online learning last…
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January 18, 2021

Call to Action – Focus on Anti-racism

Dear Washington PTA Member, On this day when we honor the work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., WSPTA recognizes that racism is not new and has harmed communities of color for centuries. In October, our membership overwhelmingly voted to not only take a stand against institutional racism, but to take the hard…
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