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February 8, 2024

WSPTA Recognized by National PTA for Advocacy Efforts

Washington State PTA is proud to be the 2024 recipient of the Outstanding State PTA Advocacy Award, as recognized by National PTA. This honor is awarded to one state PTA whose efforts positively affected legislative and/or regulatory policy aligned with National PTA’s current public policy platform, such as family engagement, school safety, welcoming/inclusive schools, and digital safety.  …
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

February 6, 2024

Summer EBT Food Program Requires Support from Olympia

by Nigar Suleman, WSPTA Federal Legislative Committee, and Susan Baird-Joshi, WSPTA Federal Legislative Chair  Due to the Public Health Emergency expiring, 2023 was the last year for Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) food benefits. Now, thanks to new federal funding initiatives, benefits that aim to reduce child hunger when school is not in session will…
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Category: Advocacy , Health & Well-being , Legislative

January 22, 2024

Be Internet Awesome: A Great National PTA Program

Be Internet Awesome is a FREE National PTA program to help families be digital savvy when it comes to internet use for kids. Every family’s relationship with technology is unique. Google and YouTube provide products and resources to help you choose the right experience for your family and build healthy digital habits. Whether you’re looking…
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Category: Safety

January 4, 2024

Attend National PTA’s LegCon Hill Day: March 5-7 in Alexandria, VA

  National PTA’s Legislative Conference and Hill Day (LegCon Hill Day) will take place March 5-7, 2024 in Alexandria, VA. Learn from advocates across the country. Share PTA priorities with your members of Congress! Here’s the link to the National PTA website page with all the relevant information. Here’s the link to the Eventbrite page…
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Category: Advocacy , Leadership , Legislative , Training

March 22, 2021

2021 National PTA LegCon Report

Washington State PTA members embraced the 2021 virtual format for National PTA’s annual Legislative Conference (LegCon). The conference began March 9. Of the over 800 attendees, 58 were from local PTAs here in Washington state, including two students. For some, the event was their first experience with federal advocacy. National PTA contracted with a professional…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

March 1, 2021

PTA Supports Clean Drinking Water in our Schools

Advocacy. Powered by PTA. PTA supports clean drinking water in our schools to protect the health of our children. As such, WSPTA supports House Bill 1139, which would pay for and require testing for lead and remediation of public school outlets (faucets, etc.) that have elevated levels of lead (above 5 ppb). We encourage local…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative