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March 13, 2017

Levy Cliff Bill Causes Flurry of Last Minute Activity

In a surprise move March 8 before the 5 p.m. deadline, Senate Republicans brought a bill that would extend current local district levy authority through January 1, 2019. The expanded levy authority and linked levy equalization was put in place in the 2010 session, with the thought that the Legislature would have fully funded K-12…
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Category: Advocacy , Education , Family Engagement , Health & Well-being , Legislative

March 13, 2017

Legislative Session; Week 9

Education (House) – HHR A, JLOB – 3/13 @ 1:30pm SSB 5241 – Public Hearing – Concerning the educational success of youth who are homeless or in foster care. Capital Budget (House) – HHR B, JLOB – 3/14 @ 3:30pm ESSB 5702 – Public Hearing – Improving state funding for school construction, modernization, and asset…
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Category: Education , Legislative

March 10, 2017

Statewide Book Fair to Support Reflections

The Washington State PTA Reflections program provides an invaluable service to our children. It’s amazing to see the creativity and effort our children put into their works of art. We’re excited to announce a statewide online book fair with Children’s Bookstore to expand and support Reflections throughout the state. Proceeds from the book fair will…
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Category: Reflections

March 9, 2017

Senate Advances Bill to Extend Levy Cliff to 2019

As its last bill of the March 8 cutoff, the Senate Wednesday night passed an amended bill on the “levy cliff” (ESB 5023), with all members voting in favor; with the exception of Republican Senator Michael Baumgartner of West Spokane. The Senate ran their version of the bill so they could change the title to…
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Category: Advocacy , Education , Legislative

January 15, 2017

2017 Session Starts with Pomp, Work Sessions and Hearings

The 65th Washington State Legislature kicked off a 105-day session January 9, swearing in 18 new House and 12 new Senate members, one of the largest freshman classes for both chambers in many election cycles. The Senate is controlled by a Republican majority of 25-24, while the House majority is 50 Democrats to 48 Republicans.…
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Category: Advocacy , Education , Family Engagement , Legislative

January 12, 2017

Erika Kapur Testifies before Senate Budget Committee

Erika Kapur, a 45th legislative district constituent and Washington State PTA (WSPTA) Region 2 Legislative Chair, testified yesterday afternoon in support of Governor Inslee’s proposed education budget. Her testimony can be found at 1 hour, 30 minutes into the Senate Ways & Means committee hearing; watch her testimony here. “This budget addresses many of the important…
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Category: Advocacy , Education , Family Engagement , Health & Well-being , Legislative

January 10, 2017

WSPTA FACE Director Testifies in Favor of Governor Inslee’s Proposed Education Budget

Judy East, WSPTA Family and Community Engagement Director, testified Monday in the House Appropriations Committee in support of Governor Inslee’s proposed operating budget. In particular, Judy said: “This budget addresses many of the important elements of WSPTA’s two-year platform, as voted on by our membership. These include: A focus on social and emotional health with…
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Category: Advocacy

January 10, 2017

WSPTA FACE Director Testifies in Favor of Governor Inslee’s Proposed Education Budget

Judy East, WSPTA FACE Director, testifying in Olympia Judy East, WSPTA Family and Community Engagement Director, testified Monday in the House Appropriations Committee in support of Governor Inslee’s proposed operating budget. In particular, Judy said: “This budget addresses many of the important elements of WSPTA’s two-year platform, as voted on by our membership. These include:…
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Category: Advocacy , Education , Family Engagement , Health & Well-being

December 15, 2016

PRESS RELEASE: State’s Largest Parents’ Association Applauds Inslee Education Budget

Tacoma, WA (December 15, 2016): After the release of Governor Jay Inslee’s education budget spending plan on Tuesday, Washington State PTA President Barbara Martin issued the following statement: “Governor Inslee’s investments in K-12 education to support a high-quality teacher in every classroom and a skilled principal in every school are a great step forward in…
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Category: Advocacy , Education , Health & Well-being

December 13, 2016

Governor Releases Ed Budget, Asks for $3.9B in New K-12 Funding

Kicking off the 2017 budget proposals to resolve the “McCleary problem,” Governor Jay Inslee released his education and revenue budgets today, with a request for $3.9 billion in total spending over the two-year budget cycle. In a Monday preview, staff indicated that nearly two-thirds of the funding would boost compensation for all educators and add…
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Category: Advocacy , Education , Legislative