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December 18, 2017

Governor’s 2018 budget would close gap mandated by Court

In his 2018 supplemental operating budget, Democratic Governor Jay Inslee proposed spending $950 million to reach full funding of state salary allocations for educators and school staff in the 2018-19 school year. This would move up the state’s salary phase-in by a year, which would resolve the problem raised by the Supreme Court last month…
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Category: Advocacy , Education , Legislative

December 15, 2017

WSPTA Invited to Press Conference for the Release of Governor Inslee’s 2018 Supplemental Budget

Flanked by leaders from the Washington State PTA and the Washington Education Association, Governor Jay Inslee released his proposed 2018 supplemental budget Thursday morning. Also invited to speak at the press conference was Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal. Hear WSPTA President Michelle Nims’ speech, as she represents over 133,000 members, and the details about…
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Category: Advocacy , Education , Legislative

November 16, 2017

November 15 Supreme Court McCLeary Ruling Summation from Network for Excellence in Washington Schools (NEWS)

WSPTA is an original member of The Network for Excellence in Washington Schools (NEWS). Below is a summation from NEWS of yesterday’s ruling. The Supreme Court’s November 15, 2017 Order did three things: It unanimously rejected the State’s claim that the 2017 legislature satisfied the court orders in the McCleary case. It unanimously rejected the…
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Category: Advocacy , Education , Legislative

October 25, 2017

State Assistant Attorney General asks Supreme Court to End McCleary Case

Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant, legconsultant@wastatepta.org In oral arguments before the Supreme Court on October 24, 2017, state Assistant Attorney General Alan Copsey asked the Court to find that the state is in compliance with amply funding education and to close the case. In the event the Court was concerned about the two-biennium…
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Category: Advocacy , Education , Legislative

June 1, 2017

Legislative Issue Proposals Due

Any PTA member is encouraged to submit an issue that addresses concerns that affect children on a state-wide level. Timing Submitter name and contact information, issue title and short description due May 1 Complete issue submittal due June 1 Issue Submitters’ Requirements: Must be a current Washington State PTA member Submit a completed Legislative Issue…
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June 1, 2017

Resolution Proposals Due

Any PTA member is encouraged to submit a resolution that addresses concerns that affect children on a state-wide level. Timing Submitter name and contact information, resolution topic and title due May 1 Complete submittal due June 1 Note: Submittal deadlines for resolution consideration at convention will be announced in the fall but typically occur in…
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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 14, 2017

Push For Action To Help Children in Washington

The advocacy work of Washington State PTA is directed by our member-approved resolutions , principles, and legislative platform. Legislative Platform The Washington State PTA legislative platform is a two-year platform to mirror the Washington state legislative cycle. On the even-numbered years, the new platform is voted on by members at the legislative assembly in the fall.…
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Category: Advocacy , Education , Family Engagement , Health & Well-being , Legislative , Membership

March 22, 2017

Parent Testimony In Favor of Breakfast after the Bell and Bond Bills

Heather Lindberg, Vancouver PTA Council 3.7 President, testifying on behalf of simple majority for bond bills. On behalf of Washington State PTA (WSPTA) Vancouver parent and PTA council leader, Heather Lindberg, pulled double duty in Olympia on March 21. She first testified in the Senate education committee in support of HB 1508, Breakfast after the…
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Category: Education , Legislative