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February 3, 2020

WSPTA Testifies on SB 6505, the OSPI Dual Credit Bill

Northshore parent Austina De Bonte testified on SB 6505, the OSPI dual credit bill on Friday, January 31, 2020. Austina shared that while we support SB 6505 we do have concerns due to the potential consequences for lack of additional funding for implementation. She spoke compellingly in support of removing barriers to accessing dual credit…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

January 29, 2020

Family engagement critical to student success, Estep says

WSPTA Executive Director Andrew Estep shared WSPTA’s support for a workgroup focused on developing a framework and standards for family and community engagement in a Jan. 28 public hearing of the House Education Committee.  The proposed substitute to HB 2631 would include parents representing specific segments of the student population and a member from WSPTA.…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

January 26, 2020

WSPTA supports bill to consider work group on life-threatening allergy issues

Parent volunteer and school nurse Laura Peterson testified in the House Education committee Monday, Jan. 20, in support of a bill that would create a workgroup to improve the prevention and treatment of students’ life-threatening allergic reactions in K-12 settings. The workgroup also would recommend ways to reduce the waste of autoinjectors like Epi-Pens, and…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

January 23, 2020

WSPTA Testifies on HB 2440 – The Time to Act is Now

One of WSPTA’s top 5 legislative priorities is Gun Violence Prevention, and this session one focus is on restricting access to high capacity magazines. Parent volunteer Gwen Loosmore testified in the House Civil Rights and Judiciary committee Tuesday, January 21, in support of a bill that would restrict the manufacture, sale, purchase, and possession of…
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January 23, 2020

WSPTA asks Legislature to Make Broad Investments in Special Education

On January 22, parent volunteer Susan Leusner testified before the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education on SB 6117, a bill that would add about $11 million to special education funding to support students who spend 80% or more of their time in general education classrooms. Here’s her testimony.  
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January 13, 2020

WSPTA Testifies before House for Budget Priorities

Click to hear President Kutzera’s testimony Washington State PTA President Janice Kutzera testified in front of the House Appropriations Committee today, January 13, on the opening day of the legislative session. Read her full testimony. She spoke to HB 2325 Supplemental Operating Budget. President Kutzera asked the committee to support four budget priorities. Fund the…
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April 15, 2019

WSPTA Testifies in Favor of the School Meals Demonstration Bill (HB 1272)

Click to hear Jessica’s testimony Bellevue PTSA Council parent Jessica Smiddy testified on behalf of Washington State PTA Monday, April 9, in favor of the school meals demonstration bill, HB 1272. Jessica was joined by Vancouver parent Caressa Milgrove, and several other speakers who all spoke in favor of the legislation. Despite the comments in…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative