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 allow retired teachers to return to work to act as a mentor.
- Closing the gap in special education funding is another Top 5 priority, under Closing Gaps with Strategic K-12 Investments. President Nims spoke in favor of SB 5736, which would increase the special education multiplier and offered a solution for prioritization.
- School safety is also on this year’s legislative agenda, and as a member of the School Safety Advisory Committee, Nancy Chamberlain was well-positioned to speak in favor of SB 5317 and request that family and student reunification be included in the school safety planning.
- Keeping students engaged in high school and getting them interested in a career is part of Governor Jay Inslee’s legislative agenda for 2019. SB 5327 would support increased career-connected learning, and President Michelle Nims was there to testify in support.
Washington State PTA also signed in as support on several other bills up for a hearing, including two special education bills (SB 5091 and SB 5532), a bill to support homeless students (SB 5324), and training for school resource officers (SB 5141).