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March 12, 2021

Outline of March 12 Announcement to Require Schools to Offer an In-Person Learning Option

WSPTA received this outline of the March 12 announcement to require schools to offer an in-person learning option from Maddy Thompson, the senior policy advisor to the Governor’s office: Today the Governor announced that he is issuing an Emergency Proclamation early next week that prohibits all school districts from failing to offer all K-12 students…
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Category: Legislative

March 11, 2021

Supporting digital equity remains WSPTA priority

Last fall, members adopted a position to close the digital divide, improve affordable connectivity, and provide developmentally appropriate devices to students. Nancy Chamberlain shared the overall goal with the Senate Environment, Energy & Technology Committee here, while Tori Emerson shared a more localized story with committee members, heard here. The bill they were testifying on…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

March 11, 2021

WSPTA advocates for suicide prevention

Speaking in favor of 2SSB 5327, establishing a confidential youth tip line, Tanya Aggar shared some heartbreaking stories about youth suicides from the past week with the House Children, Youth and Families Committee. “Youth suicide is preventable, and the goal is zero. No more deaths,” said Aggar. Her testimony can be found here.
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

March 10, 2021

WSPTA supports college credit bill

Speaking on behalf of Washington State PTA, parent advocate Natalya Yudkovsky asked the Senate education committee to pass SHB 1302 from committee. The bill would extend the opportunity for 9th graders to earn college credit when taking College in the High School courses. Also, at the request of WSPTA, bill sponsor Rep. April Berg, D-Everett,…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative


March 8, 2021

2021 Focus on Advocacy – March 8 Report

Legislature passes half-way mark Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant, legconsultant@wastatepta.org With an eye towards the March 9 deadline for bills to be passed out of the chamber in which they started, legislators spent the past week meeting in caucuses and conducting floor action. Both the House and Senate met on Saturday; the House…
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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

March 1, 2021

2021 Focus on Advocacy – March 1 Report

Floor action to dominate legislative work Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant, legconsultant@wastatepta.org Following the fiscal cutoff on February 22, Washington state legislators turned their attention to floor action in a virtual world. In both the House and Senate, a limited number of lawmakers and staff are present. Most discussion is conducted with a…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

February 22, 2021

2021 Focus on Advocacy – February 22 Report

Governor signs stimulus bill, fiscal cutoff looms Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant, legconsultant@wastatepta.org On Friday, February 19, Governor Jay Inslee signed into law ESHB 1368, putting $2.2 billion into play across the state for activities related to economic and small business recovery, reopening schools, rental assistance, and COVID-related contact tracing, testing, and vaccinations.…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

February 19, 2021

WSPTA asks committee to pass lead in water testing bill

When the House Appropriations Committee heard testimony on HB 1139, taking action to address lead in water, Washington State PTA was there in full support. Hear Susan Baird-Joshi ask lawmakers to pass the bill and ensure districts have sufficient funding to complete any needed remediation. “Our children matter, and their health matters. Please pass this…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative