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March 15, 2019

WSPTA Testifies on Social Emotional Learning and Anti-Harassment

Tacoma parent Lisa Keating traveled to Olympia March 14 to testify in favor of two bills supported by the Washington State PTA: SB 5082 (social and emotional learning) and SB 5689 (anti-harassment, intimidation and bullying related to transgender students). On SB 5082 Lisa shared her experience working with Tacoma youth to improve social emotional learning…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

March 4, 2019

WSPTA Testifies to the Senate Ways and Means Committee

Auburn parent Michelle Rylands testified in the Senate Ways and Means committee February 28 in favor of expanding eligibility for the state’s early learning programs (SB 5437 – testimony)   and increasing staffing ratios for school counselors, nurses, social workers and psychologists (SB 5315 – testimony). Both issues are on WSPTA’s 2019 legislative platform.
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

March 4, 2019

WSPTA Testifies on multiple legislative priorities

Click here to hear Corina’s testimony SHB 1216 Northshore parent Corina Pfeil testified in the House Appropriations Committee on February 25th in favor of SHB 1216, the comprehensive school safety bill. The bill addresses safe school plans and adds family/student reunification to school safety plans and communication, which were adopted by members at the 2018 Legislative…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

March 1, 2019

WSPTA Testifies on SSB 5313 regarding Enrichment Levies

Click here to hear Lisa’s testimony Speaking in favor of giving communities a voice regarding enrichment levies, Tacoma parent Lisa Keating told Senate Ways & Means committee members on February 25th that Washington State PTA supports a choice of increased levy authority or maximum per pupil spending, and increasing the ceiling for LEA, this session. …
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February 21, 2019

WSPTA Testimony to Senate Ways and Means Committee

Thursday, February 20 was education day in the Senate Ways & Means Committee. Traveling to Olympia to testify on behalf of Washington State PTA were President Michelle Nims and Advocacy Director Nancy Chamberlain. Here are their TVW clips: Aligning with the teacher shortage priority, Nancy testified in support of SB 5801, a bill that would…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

February 21, 2019

WSPTA Testifies on Anti-bullying Bill – SB 5689

Northshore parent Corina Pfeil testified on behalf of Washington State PTA in support of SB 5689 in the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee February 18th. The bill would require school districts to adopt a transgender student policy and procedures, and to designate a primary point of contact within schools for policy implementation and…
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February 15, 2019

WSPTA Testifies on School Construction and Simple Majority for Bonds

Sherry Rudolph showed some love for two bills that were heard February 14, including SB 5853, which would increase the 40-year old student space allocation and cost allowance formulas to more current standards, with a phased-in approach. The bill was part of the Senate Ways & Means Committee meeting. Here’s her testimony in support of…
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February 11, 2019

WSPTA Testifies on HB 1272 – School Lunch

Amy Ulrich, lead on the Best Practices for School Meals – Lunch position adopted last fall, testified in favor of HB 1272, which would direct OSPI to identify six demonstration sites to support a 20-minute seated lunch period. Amy’s testimony: Testimony on HB 1272                2/5/2019 3:30 p.m., House Education, HHR A Good afternoon, Madam…
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January 31, 2019

Testimony on SB 5315 and SB 5317

Northshore parent Robin Zaback testified on behalf of WSPTA January 30, 2019, in support of SB 5315, which would increase the ratios of nurses, social workers, guidance counselors and school psychologists in schools, starting with districts above 50% eligibility of students in the Free or Reduced Price Meals program. Robin asked for one change –…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative