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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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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

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

January 30, 2019

WSPTA Testifies on HB 1384 Regarding High Poverty LAP Funding

On January 28, 2019, WSPTA Advocacy Director Nancy Chamberlain testified in strong support of HB 1384, which would lower the threshold for schools to qualify for High Poverty Learning Assistance Program funding, from 50% free and reduced lunch program (FRLP) participation to the statewide average for FRLP (approx. 43%). This change would give additional funding…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

January 1, 2019

Show Up to Speak Up – Focus Day is February 11, 2019

by Nancy Chamberlain, WSPTA Advocacy Director PTA members adopted a new set of legislative priorities focusing on all aspects of the health, safety, well-being and education of children – and 1.1 million students need YOU to be their voice on Focus Day, February 11, 2019. What ARE our Priorities? How do you learn enough about…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

December 21, 2018

Washington State PTA’s Response to Federal School Safety Commission Report

After months of input, the Federal Commission on School Safety released its final report this week. The Washington State PTA (WSPTA) supports the National PTA statement expressing some concerns about several of the recommendations, including: The rollback of the 2014 guidance on school discipline from the U.S. Department of Education and Justice Department is particularly…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative , Safety

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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