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March 13, 2020

Information regarding ESSB 5395 – Comprehensive Sexual Health Education Bill

Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant Parents who are wondering about ESSB 5395, the comprehensive sexual health education bill, may find the following bill information or this bill report helpful. As always, I encourage people to “read the bill.” Here some things to keep in mind: Timing & Curriculum If your district doesn’t currently…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

February 25, 2020

Call to Action: Equity in the Identifying of Highly Capable Students

Dear Washington State PTA member, Highly Capable programs across the state do not currently reflect the demographic makeup of the communities in which they reside. Children in poverty and from minority groups are 2.5 less likely to be identified for, and in, highly capable programs. We are asking you to contact your legislators with the…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

February 19, 2020

WSPTA Board Position Statement – Sexual Health Education

The WSPTA board of directors adopted a legislative position at their winter board meeting concerning equitable access to consistent and comprehensive sexual health education across our state. Current legislation on this topic is pending in Olympia and the parent voice will be important as local implementation phases in. Local PTAs and councils are encouraged to…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

January 8, 2020

Legislative Session Preview Webinar

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/legislative-session-preview-tickets-86013945025 Get the 2020 legislative session in focus with a webinar hosted by Washington State PTA’s legislative consultant Marie Sullivan on Wednesday, January 8th from 7 PM to 8 PM. This pre-session webinar will take a brief look back at successes in 2019 and then look forward at WSPTA’s legislative priorities for 2020, opportunities for…
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December 14, 2018

Washington State PTA Statement on Governor Jay Inslee’s 2019-21 Budget Proposals

Photo credit (Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press) “Washington State PTA (WSPTA) is very pleased with the direction of the Governor’s proposed two-year budget,” said Michelle Nims, president.  “At the top of our priorities is increasing the staffing for student well-being, including additional nurses, social workers, behavioral health specialists, psychologists, and counselors.  This budget starts with…
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Category: Legislative