March 13th was a busy day for Washington State PTA, with four members testifying in both the Senate and House education committees.
WSPTA past president Michelle Nims shared a personal story about her daughter’s experience in high school to underscore the importance of HB 1308, which would add a performance-based pathway for graduation purposes during a Senate committee hearing March 13th. Michelle’s testimony can be heard here.
Also speaking to the benefits of a performance-based pathway not linked only to English or math, Arlington High School student Isaac Emerson told members of the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education committee that he – not the state – should have the choice of selecting which pathways worked best for him and his postsecondary plans. Listen to Isaac’s testimony here.
While earning college credits or an AA through Running Start can give students a jump on their postsecondary plans, parent advocate Mike Uehera-Bingen told Senate education committee members that the fees associated with these courses can also serve as a barrier to student participation and asked the Legislature to cover fees. In addition, while testifying on 2SHB 1316, Mike shared WSPTA’s position of support for College in the High School as another way to access college-level classes. Mike’s testimony is here.
Over in the House, parent advocate and preschool teacher Devon Kellogg testified for WSPTA in support of ESB 5462, promoting inclusive learning standards and instructional materials in public schools. Devon testified that sharing stories about inspiring people with whom my students can relate helps them feel seen and valued. Listen to Devon’s testimony here.